Malaysia Airlines launches low-cost air fares
Malaysia Airlines has announced the launch of a range of all-inclusive budget deals in an effort to cater to the gap year and adventure holiday market.
The carrier revealed that it will start offering value for money return deals for flights from a host of Asian destinations, such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Return fares announced by the airline from Delhi are Penang, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Singapore, Bali, Manila, Jakarta, Yangon, Hanoi, Phuket and Ho Chi Minh City.
Fares to the Far East start at Rs 24,752 (£316) for Hong Kong, going up to Rs 31,220 for Beijing and Rs 35,268 for Tokyo.
From Mumbai, travellers will be able to take advantage of economy class all-inclusive return airfares that start from as low as Rs 18,606 to Kuala Lumpur, Rs 21,194 to Langkawi, Penang and Johor Bahru, and Rs 26,855 to Kota Kinabalu
The announcement is likely to appeal to travellers keen on embarking on India tours and those generally interested in travelling around Asia, because it will allow them to reduce the costs of their flights.
Azahar Bin Hamid, regional senior vice-president of Malaysia Airlines, south Asia region, said: "[The discounted rates] allow travellers to experience international destinations at value prices with flexible travel dates.
"Leisure travellers, as a result of these discounted fares, now have the option of booking at competitive rates and flying later, helping them plan holidays that suit their budgets."
In Mumbai, travellers will be able to enjoy a wide range of tourist attractions such as the Gateway of India, which is arguably the city's most recognisable monument. Constructed in 1920, it commemorates the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai.
The monument is the first thing visitors see if they arrive at the city by boat and is a good starting point for those keen on exploring what the rest of the vibrant metropolis has to offer.