Malaysia Airlines is now operating services twice a day between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur, restoring its pre-coveted schedule between cities.
The airline had previously increased its capacity to 11 flights per week between the two countries when Malaysia lifted the original entry restrictions at the end of March. The flights are operated by A350-900 aircraft, which have been deployed on the London route since 2018.
“Demand from the UK has been staggering. June has exceeded all expectations, ”said Daniel Bainbridge, Malaysia Airlines UK and Europe Regional Director at the recent Business Travel Show Europe. “We’ve seen a mix of leisure and corporate traffic, but corporate has really grown since Easter. The TMC business last month is not very important from almost anything.
Commenting on rising travel costs across the industry, Bainbridge said the airline’s “fare levels are commercially strong”.
He continued: “Those who are late in booking may be surprised. Book your travel dates as soon as you know them. We have 33 seats in Business Class and it can be tough if you try and get one in July.
Bainbridge added that the airline’s connecting traffic has been “extraordinary” with a “significant proportion” of passengers flying from London to Kuala Lumpur connected to carrier flights across Southeast Asia and its services at six points in Australia.
Part of this increase could be attributed to the non-return of British Airways routes and the decline in the overall capacity of Asia.
The airline recently returned to Heathrow’s Terminal 4 after reopening after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 epidemic.