Malaysia Airlines has announced its return to Kochi starting from March 31 this year. The national carrier’s decision to reintroduce the route comes following a rise in demand from passengers.

Malaysia Airlines group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said the reintroduction of the Kuala Lumpur-Kochi route reflects the strength of the market in India.

“India has always been an important market and therefore, reinstating Kochi makes business sense,” he said.

The KL-Kochi route was first introduced in September 2013, but was later suspended in 2015 as part of the airline’s network restructuring exercise.

With the reinstatement, the airline will be flying daily to Kochi via MH108, serviced by the B737-800. The flight will depart from KL at 10.40pm and arrive Kochi at 12.01am the following day. The return flight, MH109 will depart Kochi at 1am and will arrive in KL at 7.50am the same day.

Malaysia Airlines also recently increased capacity on the KL-Mumbai route by swapping one of the B737-800 aircraft to the wide body A330-300.

Located in the coastal state of Kerala, Kochi is known as a melting pot of cultures. With elements across the port city that vary from Chinese to Portugese to English, the major port city exudes an international vibe.