Scotland-based aviation service provider Menzies Aviation has formed a partnership with MYairline to launch a ground services business in Malaysia.

Menzies will supply ground services at Kuala Lumpur International Airport as part of the new arrangement, which encompasses services such as ramp handling and baggage, customer services and maintenance.

This collaboration further expands Menzies Aviation’s extensive reach, as the company currently handles over 11,000 aircraft weekly and serves more than 300 million passengers annually.

Menzies Aviation South East Asia SVP James Wong said: “We are delighted to be entering Malaysia through this new partnership with MYAirline.

“Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Malaysia and will provide an excellent base for our Malaysian operation. We’re focused on accelerating growth in the region through partnerships that will contribute to this rapidly developing aviation market and offering our global standards to deliver the safest, most secure and sustainable aviation services.”

With the opening of its first office in Malaysia, Menzies Aviation stated that there is potential for development and expansion as the aviation industry recovers from the Covid-19 outbreak.

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According to OAG, the total capacity of airlines including domestic and international flights across South East Asia has risen significantly over Covid-19, from 15.1 million in June 2021 to 36.3 million in May 2023.

This signals the start of South East Asian airlines returning to their pre-covid average of 42 million in capacity.

Furthermore, the traveller demands and flows report from GlobalData indicates a steady recovery in domestic flight passenger numbers, which plummeted to an all-time low of 810,000 passengers in 2021.

Domestic flight passenger numbers, as outlined in the graph below, are projected to continue rising in the coming years, with an estimated 4.1 million passengers anticipated in 2027.

Malaysia domestic flight passengers: 2009-2027

Established in 1833, Menzies Aviation has evolved into a prominent global partner in the aviation sector, operating in over 250 locations across 58 countries on six continents. This collaboration aligns with the company’s expansion goals and strategic vision.   

MYAirline COO Stuart Cross said: “We are pleased to enter this partnership with Menzies Aviation, a globally renowned ground services company.

“This collaboration is of immense value to MYAirline as we strive to rebuild and revitalise the aviation market in Malaysia. By joining forces with Menzies, we are not only creating hundreds of additional jobs and opportunities but also positioning ourselves at the lowest cost base.

“This strategic move will enable us to maintain affordable fares for consumers, reinforcing our commitment to providing accessible and cost-effective travel options.”

MYAirline, located in Kuala Lumpur, was recently established as a low-cost airline, with nine local flights and two further international lines scheduled to debut in Thailand and be available in June 2023.