Batik Air now flies to Guilin, its seventh destination in China

Tranquil Guilin, China is Batik Air’s latest route. — CONNY SCHNEIDER/Unsplash

If you still haven’t taken advantage of the visa-free travel policy for Malaysians travelling to China this year, maybe this latest announcement from Batik Air will inspire you to do so.

The local airline revealed today that it has added a new route to Guilin, its seventh destination in China.

“As of today, we operate a total of 23 weekly frequencies to 6 destinations in China,” Batik Air CEO Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy says in a statement. “The expansion of our routes to China aligns with our strategic response to support the implementation of the 30-day visa-free travel policy for Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia.”

The Guilin route will commence on June 4, 2024.

Three weekly B737-800 flights are set to operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from KL International Airport (KLIA), with return flights from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) on the same days.

In commemoration of the new route’s launch, the airline will be offering all-inclusive one-way fares that start from RM669 for Economy class and RM1,889 for Business class.

Additional baggage allowance is also offered at discounted rates. The same applies for a selection of pre-purchased meals, but passengers who don’t opt for this may still purchase the meals and drinks that are available on-board all Batik Air flights.

Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy says that the route expansion “is in line with Tourism Malaysia's 2024 target of attracting between five to seven million Chinese tourists”, and that the airline has plans to not only increase flight frequencies but also add more new destinations in China.

Currently, Batik Air also operates direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu, Guangzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Zhangjiajie and Zhengzhou. The latter routes were also recent additions, which commenced in February this year.

Guilin, located in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, is the region’s second largest city. It is renowned for its tranquil and scenic beauty, thanks to its abundance of limestone karst hills and natural wonders.

Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and the Shanhu and Ronghu lakes at its centre are some the attractions that await in Guilin.

Visit Batik Air’s website ( for booking and more information on the airline’s flights to China.

Guilin is renowned for its natural wonders. — AARON GREENWOOD/UnsplashGuilin is renowned for its natural wonders. — AARON GREENWOOD/Unsplash

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