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RM 273(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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Top 3 airlines serving Johor Bahru Sultan Ismail Intl to Penang Intl

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Malindo Air
Overall score based on 148 reviews
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.5
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.8
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Very smooth and easy process boarding and taking off"
Cons: "No entertainment"

Cons: "delayed landing because of chinese reasons"

Cons: "delayed 2 times."

Pros: "A nice experience overall. Flight was quiet so plenty of personal space."

Pros: "Everything went smoothly from check in to arrival. Bags were delivered timely. Flights were on time."
Cons: "No entertainment options. Little to no food service."

Pros: "The crew are ok. They should find jobs with other, better airlines."
Cons: "Flight delayed on both legs. Delay management horrible, call centre was worse."

Pros: "Average flight"
Cons: "Changed the time of my flight early by more than 2 hours, with no communication. I therefore missed the flight. I was informed there was a flight that evening but they refused to move me as I had booked through an agent. Waited more than 6 hoursnin the airport for next flight and was offered only a meal voucher worth £4. Later flight was delayed, resulting in me missing my friends pre wedding henna party and arriving more than 8 hours late. Not a single apology given!"

Pros: "Except for a 1-hour delay, overall the flight was good, smooth and enjoyable. Loved the inflight meal. For the price we paid we got meal and 30kg baggage allowance, we thought that was just value for money. And they departed from KLIA and not klia2 which is more convenient."
Cons: "Flight wasn't on time to and from HKG."

Pros: "The staff were very kind, the seat had a great amount of leg room."
Cons: "There was no alcohol on the flight."

Pros: "Getting out of the plane"
Cons: "getting in the plane. No working tablet. Poor food."

Pros: "Crews are nice."
Cons: "Seems like Malindo is starting to degrading the service quality. The flight I took before: they change the airplane to batik which was worse with no entertainment, smaller seat pitch, etc. I book Malindo for a reason and paid for what expected using Malindo!! If they had to change the plane they should've given better one or given back compensation to passengers! Now this flight, they didn't activate the entertainment till way later and turned off way too early. They didn't give any earphone as supposed to. Malindo's service has become bad."

Cons: "The airline"

Pros: "For the price that we paid, it included 30kg baggage and refreshment (orange juice, water, coffee, a slice of pizza and a muffin) - it was worth it. The legroom is spacious, the seat was comfortable and the cabin crew was awesome. Flight was on time, check in was acceptable (considering people travelling from Bandung has a lot of check in baggage due to shopping)."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "The service is good in general."
Cons: "The boarding process could be improved."

Pros: "The 32" pitch giving more leg space, better than MAS and AirAsia on that count. Good baggage allowance."
Cons: "The food is rather meh, does not stand out"

Cons: "The flight was over 5 hours delayed and they offered no compensation or extra meal."

Pros: "Leg space and good arm rest"
Cons: "No in flight entertainment (movies)"

Pros: "The seats are more comfortable compared to the other budget airlines."
Cons: "The crew doesn't smile most of the time, sometimes they sound like ordering when they request something. The movies selection is either old, or mostly Indian movies."

Pros: "I have flown Malindo before and I have been happy about tbeir customer service."

Pros: "In flight meal."
Cons: "Got told luggage would go straight to bali from origin in Nepal. Waited at baggage check in jarkata just in case. Sure enough, our baggage comes out. Transfer to domestic terminal was almost impossible since we were given no information and our flight number changed completely. All of a sudden it was batik air not malindo, which has a completey different terminal. Will not be travelling with malindo again."

Pros: "Check in and boarding we're both quick and easy. There were unsold exit row seats on our flight and the flight attendants lets us change seats. The in flight meals were quite tasty."
Cons: "The beverage options were limited and mostly consisted of different flavors of fruit soda. The flight attendants sprayed the cabin with a strange aerosol before landing. Trash was not collected during the flight."

Pros: "Service and comfort with blanket, and entertainment movies."
Cons: "Luggage collection rather late in Bali."

Pros: "Same as previous, no fuss."

Pros: "No fuss, well organised."

Pros: "Very dissapointed, both flights scheduled by Malindo Air was rescheduled, first one moved for next day unbeliavable!!!"
Cons: "Very dissapointed, both flights scheduled by Malindo Air was rescheduled, first one moved for next day unbeliavable!!!"

Pros: "Ease of booking and 30kg baggage allow all included in quoted flight cost"
Cons: "Food quality appears to be falling down in variety and quality"

Cons: "Turbulence"

Pros: "Good service and good plane."

Pros: "You can check-in luggage for free. Not like Airasia"
Cons: "Delays, of course."

Pros: "The best thing is the free luggage allowance of 30kg each. They had some snacks and entertainment as well."

Pros: "I was very impressed given it is a budget airline."

Pros: "somewhere between a budget airline and a premium service. For the excellent price i was excitement pleases with the service and comfort. Would definitely fly with malindo again."
Cons: "my expectations were more than met."

Pros: "Love the width of the seat, the free 30kg luggage allowance and food. All provided without extra cost."

Pros: "Read trip advisor Will never use them again They will have an accident and it will be their fault"

Pros: "something"
Cons: "something"

Pros: "Comfortable and modern plane with good services and good communication. We had a minor delay due to poor weather but pilot and staff communicated the situation well and took safety precautions. Good entertainment options and food."

Pros: "The plane was quite new, very modern, and well equipped with entertainment features. Services were good and all staff spoke English. Good amount of leg room in the economy seats as well."

Cons: "There are small snack & water given previously, but now only water."

Cons: "Terrible call centre. No reply on the list luggage phone number. Absolutely terrible service"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight had a new schedule without prior notice We're unable to take this flight. Did not get any refund"

Pros: "Proactively checking the boarding pass to shorten que of the boarding process."
Cons: "Delayed"

Cons: "Cabin very hot. Aircond broken??"

Pros: "Horrible, tv not working. I asked for no vegan and they forgot to bring my food. After I mentioned, they finally brought and was vegan! Plane very unconfortable and old. Totally different than the connection place that was way less time on air."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Evrything"

Pros: "Pretty on time"

Pros: "Good legroom and friendly crew"
Cons: "They said that they provided best quality beverages (they gave example as Starbucks), but just mineral water coming out"

Pros: "Every thing in the flight was excellent."
Cons: "Except at the airport service at Kuala Lumpur.You have to make sure to announce , when you change the gate."

Pros: "Boarding process was great, who went in first just as supposed to be so minimizing crowded in the cabin alley."
Cons: "No on-flight meal available to purchase. It's lunch time and the airline expected everyone had lunch before?!? 15 minute delay, understandable. Seat pocket was not cleaned, someone spilled chocolate drink before and the cleaning service missed to do the job."

Pros: "It was on time there was plenty of space for carry-ons"
Cons: "The staff yelled at passengers and at two points hig me (hard) in the head with luggage and an elbow)"

Cons: "Supper was very average , one slice of pizza , that’s it"

Cons: "Sitting arrangement Was poor. Five of us had five different seat. Missing luggage."

Cons: "There were no vegan options available. I think that was my fault though because I did not set one up in advance. Would be nice if they offered one anyhow."

Cons: "Business class in 737 is limited, recline only but seat was spacious and comfortable"

Pros: "The crew was very attentive. The pilot landed the plane smoothly. Although had a delayed departure from KUL, we arrived in Sydney earlier than expected."

Pros: "we had extra legroom travelling with an infant"
Cons: "the staff could have been a little considerate when serving food to you while you're holding a sleeping baby"

Cons: "I paid more than 1500 ringgit for the bags, although the booking of the trip was comprehensive. Unfortunately the site disappointed me"

Cons: "Frustrated"

Pros: "Everything was good about this flight"
Cons: "They need to have at least 5 to 10 vegetarian meal on board."

Pros: "Some staff were good others could not be bothered."
Cons: "Nicer staff"

Cons: "Flight delay announcement could have been made much earlier"

Cons: "Cancel last minute and no compensation given, how rude it is."

Pros: "All of the ground staffs at Johor Bahru provided attentive and observant service. Cabin crew greeted with pleasant smile, friendly and provided excellent service."
Cons: "maintenance work not manage well"

Pros: "The hospitality of the staff Smooth sailing process"
Cons: "The food and the seats and leg room is too small especially for larger people"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Changed gates 3 times . No one knew what was going on. Late flight. Request for wheel chair not fulfilled. Very tight transfer. Very far to another gate when transiting from kL to Yangon. Ridiculously far. My first n last time with Malaysia airlines."

Cons: "The food"

Pros: "Nothing special"
Cons: "At least, they let me know the first delay but no further information was given to the 2nd delay. Also, neither the ground not on board staff seemed to be interested in Passagiers. Was a short flight interrupted by diverse visual ads and PRs.."

Pros: "The food was good on this flight . The entertainment was good I managed to get a good sleep as well."
Cons: "The beer offered was in a pre poured glass I could have asked for a beer from the drinks trolley however i wanted a vodka and tomato juice I couldn't see any so didn't bother asking"

Cons: "This is the second time - once on the way to Kuala Lumpur and on the way back that we boarded late and thus missed my connecting flight. Sadly Cathay and Malaysia air (which was the airline Cathay used for the return leg of this trip refused to help and put me on an earlier flight forcing me to stay an extra 6 hrs at the airport while being sick."

Pros: "Very quick transfer of my luggages in KL"

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Temperature was very low."

Pros: "The food and check in is better flying from HK to KL.."
Cons: "It seems the crew, in most flights, is always grumpy.. rarely I get service with a smile.."

Pros: "Most of it, especially having a meal on such a short flight."
Cons: "Could do with more legroom, tall people exist"

Pros: "Friendly and helpful crew"
Cons: "Food. Arrival arrangements (although this may be out of the airlines control - slow immigration, disorganised luggage collection."

Pros: "On time. Good food Good flight attendant service"

Pros: "Satay, flatbed."
Cons: "No amenities kit, no mattress pad, no champagne, no menu for business class. And the forgot to serve the main course of my travelling partner."

Pros: "The flights were on time :)."

Pros: "Cabin crew, smooth flying"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Not much. Probably only the check in from.Phnom Penh. Haha checked through to Melb"
Cons: "Couldn't check in online to secure reserved preferred seat section. No boarding passes printed on long haul section. Fight delayed, arrival delayed. No terminal parking for aircraft, which meant catching a bus to terminal. Not impressed at all. Why bother with frequent flyer class if it's not going to apply at all as business flyers."

Cons: "Their app is useless. Not user friendly and always down ! Their staff can't even give proper directions on what need to be done in terms of getting upgrades ! Such a shame how it this airlines is getting from bad to worst. They use to be great and my number one choice , but now they are just a disappointment. I am only supporting MAS because they are my national carrier"

Pros: "I got there eventually"
Cons: "The delay"

Pros: "Flight to Penang was delayed for more than 3 hours for unclear reasons. These was not a clear announcement as to what was going on. Then after that, they were waiting on the crew from Langkawi. We arrived at 2 a.m. or so as a resluy"
Cons: "Lateness and lack of transparency from MAS staff"

Pros: "Cabin crew are attentive and helpful."
Cons: "The luggage was found opened, a belonging was tied outside of the luggage. When I tidy up the luggage, I found that my toiletry pouch went missing. MH609 was delayed from 2305 till 0030, all passengers board the flight and we were told to alight again due to technical faulty. Switch to another flight and delayed till 0230. By the time we arrived in Singapore, it is almost 0340. Collected the luggages, clear custom and arrived home is almost 0500. There was absolutely no refreshment provided in between, and have to switch between gates which are far apart."

Pros: "MH389 on 10-Jun'17, cabin crew member (王怡芳), has been very attentive, provide excellent service."
Cons: "Pudong airport ground stuff requested for Singapore identity card; soft copy was presented, both identity and re-entry permit issued by Singapore government. They were not clear, hesitate, call around. By the time they found out what is required, we already spent close to 90 minutes. If it is not due to flight delay, we left with very little time to clear the immigration, security screening and locate where the gate is."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Rude staff on ground and cabin crew. Delayed. Lost baggage. Terrible customer service. I would never fly again."

Cons: "It appears the staff don't want to be there, long check in queues, poor in-flight service, average food, not even offer water in-flight, plane was dirty, entertainment average, not at the standard for a full service carrier."

Pros: "It was a very good flight ."

Pros: "Good food for airplane although I was in the back of the plane and they ran out of what I preferred to have. Lots of free drink options."
Cons: "Small seating area, hard to sleep on a 13 hour flight"

Pros: "Just fly."

Pros: "The crews are friendly."
Cons: "Foods was not good for my standard. Below average."

Pros: "I liked the crew, very polite and helpful."
Cons: "I did not like the fact that I could not check in on-line. This made that I missed half a night of sleep in Darwin because I had to check in at 1AM, flying at 4.10AM."

Pros: "On time departure system works"

Pros: "As always the crew is good and also the food. The seats in economy are not comfortable though."
Cons: "Luggage was damaged and the airlines is not responding to my email. Web checking did not work (with an error asking me to contact customer service at the airport) at both departure and arrival flights. I never fly in middle seats but was forced to do so since the staff couldn't give me an aisle seat during check in. I am still waiting for the airlines to contact me about damages."

Cons: "Fight was delayed half an hour due to waiting for a few connecting flight passengers. This is ridiculous as the airline is making the gain at the expense of other passengers' priceless time."

Pros: "Service is excellent"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "The korean spicy chicken was delicious!"
Cons: "The 2 male flight attendants who served our rows did not smile once. Very unfriendly and seemed like they just wanted to do the minimum. We were also extremely unhappy that during check in was advised that our seats were not allocated together when we booked the tickets together and are also Enrich frequent flyer members. We had to demand to speak to a manager for them to change our seats."

Pros: "The seats are good recently"
Cons: "Delayed for around 25mins. Boarding is getting worst recently; either chaotic or implementing the new stupid policy of boarding according to seat letters."

Pros: "Fare was ok."
Cons: "Ground agent was surly and inefficient. Paying excess bag charge took 15 minutes. Not offered an upgrade. Boarding was ok, in flight ok, as flight was short"

Cons: "boarding was awful 1 hour late and no information provided to waiting passengers staff nasty and indifferent and/or uninformed about what was going on"

Pros: "Service and comfort"
Cons: "Not on time"

Pros: "Landing 20 minutes ahead schedule."
Cons: "Nothing much to improve as it only 50 minutes flight"

Pros: "Could not board due to flight restrictions"
Cons: "Would suggest providing an email to let travelers know if the flight restrictions"

Pros: "the girl next to me was flirty"
Cons: "the girl next to me could have offered her number..."

Pros: "Efficiency"
Cons: "Attentiveness and comfort passenger for any incident."

Pros: "on time despite having to unload luggages for passengers who did not turn up warm welcome from pilot and co-pilot from cockpit"
Cons: "none"

Cons: "More choices on entertainment"

Pros: "The flight i booked has 2 segments and both by Air Asia. However, when arrived in KL, i was forced to exit term"

Pros: "The crew was amazing!"
Cons: "provide accesible wifi"

Pros: "so far so good. no complain."
Cons: "short trip okay . everything great. keep up the good job."

Cons: "Very specific about weight of bags"

Pros: "The new seats are good. I didn't get any back pain."
Cons: "Not much."

Pros: "Good service, nice nasi lemak"
Cons: "None"

Cons: "Delayed flight"

Pros: "Smooth"
Cons: "A little cramped up seats"

Pros: "The efficiency and professionalism of the crew."
Cons: "Nothing to dislike."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "I was separate with my wife even if similar seats were available. To be with her, i had to pay."

Pros: "Nothing I like"
Cons: "Flight delayed, landed at 2.00am+"

Cons: "Always delay!!!!"

Pros: "Check in, boarding was easy, staff were friendly, flight was uneventful"

Cons: "Unable to use airasia app for e-boarding"

Pros: "Personnel very young and friendly - they seem to enjoy their job!"
Cons: "Return flight was delayed over half an hour and we had to stand because the gate area in Penang was too small."

Cons: "Flight delay for almost 4 hour"

Pros: "Clean aircraft"
Cons: "Two flights in a row behind schedule ; messed up my vegetarian pre ordered food selections in both flights"

Pros: "Puntualidad"

Pros: "定時運行できたこと"
Cons: "シートピッチが狭く窮屈"

Pros: "Overall in flight experience quite good."
Cons: "Flight Delayed twice for boarding to and come BKK. Abit disappointed for not time. As.it ruined my initial planning and wasted so valuable time to visit new exploring place in bkk."

Pros: "convenient flight times"
Cons: "i hated that there are no human beings in sight. i hate all the machines. i hate that you dont employ people. if you want to give jobs to machines then i what use are you? i would much rather pay more and be greeted by a friendly human face. you are all fools and i will seek other airlines in future"

Cons: "Rough flight and landing, seemed like a rookie pilot was flying."

Pros: "Value for money"
Cons: "Delayed departure 20 minutes. Same as from Penang to Langkawi two days ago."

Cons: "Flight was delayed"

Pros: "Avoid this shitty airline since it’s NEVER EVER on time!"
Cons: "ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS LATE Aaaarrrggghhhh!"

Cons: "No water is provided on board"

Pros: "Awesome services - on the air and on the ground"
Cons: "Can't think of any"

Pros: "I was traveling without access to WiFi and was unable to add my checked bags until the morning them the web site wouldn't let me add the bags. I got to the airport and the airline charged me $300 in fees for my two bags. Highway robbery. I'll never fly Air Asia again."
Cons: "Usurious fees for checked bags and the flights are always late to boot."

Cons: "constant flight delays"

Cons: "Badly managed check-in queue even for online checked passengers doing bag drop - 3 hours before departure at NAIA 3. There was no announcement from airline staff or anyone for that matter at the gate that the plane will be delayed. Plane departed 2 hours late and sitting in the tarmac with poor cooling inside the plane. Badly managed budget airline."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "No communication of baggage fees - desperate service"

Pros: "Getting off"
Cons: "No entertainment at all, sat on the back row the toilet smelt pretty bad and I had very little leg room, when the guy in front reclined his chair I had to stand up. Prices for food and drink were pretty good."

Pros: "The price"
Cons: "You don't even get water"

Pros: "Cheap"
Cons: "Delay delay"

Pros: "Good because of direct flight"

Pros: "Flight is not so full"
Cons: "So far so good"

Pros: "Low cost"
Cons: "We paid a small fortune for the couple of kilograms we were over our 15kg allowance."

Pros: "On time"

Pros: "Just for budget flights"
Cons: "Seats, boarding, delays"

Cons: "Paying for water on the flight? Paying >60% of my ticket price to check a bag? Typical airasia gouging you wherever they can."

Pros: "- fast boarding - fast bag delivery - can depart earlier if all pax in"
Cons: "- delays can be traumatic for later flights in the day"

Pros: "No frills."
Cons: "The crew didnt do much to enforce seat belt regulations. Half the passengers were up after landing with their bags in the aisle."

Pros: "Friendly staff."
Cons: "Ridiculous that you have to pay for water. No direction for boarding."

Cons: "I have flight from kualalumpur to Guangzhou ,there was no whight on tickets, I booked through Kayak web site , Only 15 kg per person is avaliable and for fees , At low fare , I have to pay twice my ticket price for I didnt book my whight before flight online ,. ? ? Flight was 4 hours to Gungzhou , no meals on board , not even a glass of water . You have to pay again on board for your food , and drinks , I feel like traviling in a low degree shattel bus , in a very very poor quality ."

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