Batik Air expands to Dubai

A Batik Air 737 approaching to land.
Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

On the 10th November Batik Air will be expanding it’s network to include direct flights to Dubai. Batik already fly to the Middle East with Jeddah in Saudi Arabia being served since August 2023.

Group Strategy Director of Batik Air and Lion Group, Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy said
the direct flight to Dubai is a significant achievement for Batik Air, as it not only expands the airline footprint from the Asean and Asia-Pacific markets to the Middle East.

“We are thrilled to offer our passengers a seamless and enjoyable travel experience while opening doors to new opportunities,” he added.

He added that “Dubai, once synonymous with luxury, has evolved beyond being a high- end exclusive. With an array of diverse attractions that won’t cost a fortune, a range of accommodations tailored to every budget, an efficient public transportation system, and a perfect playground for all ages, it’s clear that Dubai has opened its doors to a wider audience.”

A Batik Air aircraft climbs after take off.
Fire Law Stone, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


“From an abundance of family-friendly entertainment options to immersive cultural experiences in historic neighbourhoods and vibrant souks, Dubai offers something for everyone. Plus, the pleasant climate from November to March enhances the overall experience,” he added.

Batik Air has previously operated as Malindo Air and have been expanding their operations in 2023 significantly.

Fast expanding network

Since the start of July’s announcements of flights to Jeddah they have also launched several other services. Opening Batik’s Japan offering to five it was announced they’d be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Naha, Okinawa.

In August they announced the resuming of direct flights to Chennai, India Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy said the resumption of the Kuala Lumpur – Chennai route not only connects these two dynamic cities. Batik are confident it provides travellers with easy access to Batik Air’s extensive network. 

“With its rich history, vibrant culture, and captivating tourist spots, Chennai has always been an appealing destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable experience.W

“Travellers come to Chennai for various reasons, including VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) trips, religious pilgrimages, business travel and leisure getaways”. 

Global connections

“By facilitating connectivity between Chennai and Kuala Lumpur, Batik Air guarantees convenient entry to its broader network encompassing ASEAN points, North Asia, as well as popular destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the new destinations in Japan and Korea. This ensures that Chennai serves as a gateway to Tamil Nadu,” said Chandran.

A graphic showing tailplanes of Emirates and Batik Air aircraft back to back.
Image Credit: Emirates

In August they also added sales of an additional route to Karachi with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur. Batik’s inaugural flight of this route is scheduled to start on the 31st of October 2023.

Something the airline said: “underscores Batik Air’s steadfast dedication to expanding its worldwide accessibility, ensuring effortless connections for travellers across the globe”

In addition to this a six-time weekly route to Auckland, New Zealand, via Perth (Australia) started on 24th August.

As for the new Dubai route, it’s going to be operated with the airline’s brand new Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
The configuration will be made up of 12 business class and 150 economy seats.

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