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Malaysia - Air Travel

Air travel in Malaysia is the most expensive way to travel when compared to buses and trains. Malaysia has fifty-eight airports and all offer domestic and international flights. You can be in Singapore within the hour, as opposed to travelling overland which can take up to four hours. As air travel increases due to urbanization in major cities and companies operating throughout Malaysia, business passengers can transfer quickly with domestic air travel. The increase of budget air lines offering cheap domestic flights has been a popular choice particularly for business passengers. It is also a great way for expats to travel through their new country.

Domestic Flight Companies

There are two domestic flight operators in Malaysia.

Malaysia Airlines is also another flight operator offering domestic flights.

Asian Airlines and Berjaya airlines offer low-budget fare services and there are excellent deals available online. Over 3 million passengers travelled with Air Asian in 2012 and the company is Malaysian. Service on-board is of a very high standard on domestic travel. There is a full on-board cabin crew service offering a full range of drinks and food items. Cabins are comfortable and can be a welcome break from the heat as all are air-conditioned which you can control yourself with your overhead panels.

The companies also offer a loyalty scheme, hotel deals and weekend getaway breaks in Malaysia with great offers on last minute prices. Both airlines offer value-for-money breaks and you can arrange everything from your hotel to your car rental via the websites.

There are fourteen destinations available within the domestic air travel routes. These are major cities and smaller major towns. You can see most of the peninsular with air travel and air travel is now becoming a popular way to get around.

Baggage restrictions are as follows:

- Cabin baggage – One cabin case and one laptop case or handbag. The cabin baggage size may not exceed 56cm x 36cm and the weight limit is 7kg
- Hold or checked baggage – the weight limit is a very generous 32kg. The baggage must be no larger than 81cm x 119cm x 119cm (HDW)
- Item restrictions are standard as with all airlines. No liquids which are considered hazardous. No dangerous weapons.

Ticket types are usually a lower rate or a premium rate. Premium rates include extras such as pillows and a lie-down seat. A meal is included in the premium rate whereas the low rate passengers have to pay for their meals. Seat selection is free for premium rate passengers and is an optional charge for those who are travelling on a low rate ticket.

Group bookings are available online. This is a great option for those who want to take families or friends on a group weekend away. Business passengers flying in groups will benefit from this option also.

There are shops on-board where you can purchase gifts and novelty items along with cosmetics, perfume and men’s gifts. Duty-free is available to international passengers. Domestic passengers cannot purchase duty-free products. Substantial savings can still be made.

Seating options offer extra leg-room and stylish leather seats are standard regardless of your ticket rate. There are some restrictions on aisle seats near the emergency exits and both airlines request that passengers who book these seats meet certain criteria as these seat-holders would be required to assist in the event of an emergency. Seat allocation is always given at check-in even if you have not purchased a seat. There is no mad dash for the best seats, it really is that organized.

Cabin crew are professional and charming and uphold the wonderful Malaysian hospitality, so you can be assured you will be cared for during your flight regardless of what ticket rate you travel on.

Check-in can be done at the airport, train stations or online. There are also mobile phone apps so you can even check-in while on the move. Convenience doesn’t come much better than this.


Domestic air travel has seen a surge over the last few years and Malaysian flight companies have extended services widely. It is still the most expensive way to travel within Malaysia but in terms of comparisons to western countries, it is cheap. Enjoy the luxury of domestic air travel as a way of exploring your new adopted country.

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