Kuala Lumpur International airport, known by airport code KUL, serves as the principle entry point for international travelers bound for Malaysia. It is among the world’s busiest and serves as a hub for several international carriers.
Most notable of the airlines operating at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the flag carrier for Malaysia. Malaysia airlines flies to about 75 destinations in Asia, Europe, and America from its hub at the airport. The airline operates about 100 aircraft with additional planes on order. With the exception of the World War II period, the airline has operated continuously since 1937.
AirAsia and AirAsia X both operate as budget airlines with hubs at Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia provides domestic and international flights regionally. AirAsia X flies long-haul routes also as a budget airline. AirAsia flies a fleet of about 100 aircraft serving a similar number of destinations in Asia. AirAsia X flies to a more limited number of destinations that include Australia.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is served by most of the larger Asian airlines offering flights to hubs they operate. For example, Tiger Airways operate flights to Singapore, Lion Air, and Garuda Indonesia AirAsia both offer flights to Jakarta and EVA Air flies to Taipei.
Many of the flag carriers, airlines representing their home country and authorized to display the flag, operate flights from Kuala Lumpur to their hubs. For example, Cathay Pacific flies to Hong Kong, Air France offers service to Paris, Air India Express offers flights to Chennai, and Lufthansa offers flights to Frankfurt.
One airline, Indonesia AirAsia, offers budget regional service to a number of Asian destinations but does not operate a hub at Kuala Lumpur. Based at Jakarta, the airline operates about 25 aircraft. Indonesia AirAsia has the rights to fly to destinations in Europe but does not currently offer flights there. It does provide service to Asian and Australian destinations.