KOLKATA: Malaysia-based Malindo Air has winded up its presence in Kolkata. The airline that used to operate four direct flights between Kolkata and Kuala Lumpur a week before the lockdown has shut their office at Kolkata airport and formally stopped operations.
“The airline shut their office last month and informed us that they are closing down operations from the city,” Kolkata airport director, Kaushik Bhattacharjee, told TOI. The low cost international carrier had started operations in India in 2013 but had arrived in Kolkata only in October 2018.
With AirAsia Berhad also liquidating major portions of its stake to survive the pandemic, tour operators say it might take a long time to revive air ties with Malaysia.
“These are trying times. Full-fledged air travel is yet to begin in Malaysia. The airline must have shut the office to cut down on costs. We hope they come back once the situation improves,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman (east) Travel Agents Federation of India.