Sunday, April 26, 2009

Firefly Subang, Penang-Singapore flights soon

Firefly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, will start flights from Subang and Penang in Malaysia to Singapore from June 1, 2009. In a statement, Firefly Airlines– the low-cost airline that operates from its hub at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – said that the carrier would also fly from four other places in Malaysia – Ipoh, Terengganu, Kuantan and Malacca – to Singapore in 2009.

Eddy Leong, managing director of Firefly, said in a statement that Firefly Airlines would fly 28 times a week from Subang, 14 times a week from Penang, four times a week from Ipoh, three times a week from Terengganu and Kuantan, and four times a week from Malacca.

The Terengganu-Singapore, Kuantan-Singapore and Ipoh-Singapore flights will begin in July 2009.

The four-times-a-week flight between Malacca and Singapore is expected to take off on September 1, 2009.

From May 2 and 15, 2009, Firefly would operate services to Batam and Padang in view of the “increased inflow of travellers for business, leisure, medical and educational purposes into Malaysia,” Leong said.

Firefly, which started flying on April 3, 2007, to Kota Bharu in Malaysia, is Malaysia’s first community airline. At present, it operates services from Penang and Subang to destinations in Malaysia and Thailand.

Eddy Leong said in the statement that the use of Subang Airport – the former international airport that is just one hour from Kuala Lumpur – would give Firefly “an advantage over other carriers that use Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is at Sepang, over an hour from Kuala Lumpur.”

Firefly, added Leong, has received approval from Malaysia’s Transport Ministry and also has been approved as the designated airline to fly into Singapore.

He said that Firefly, which currently uses five ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft, was likely to buy two more planes in 2009.

Meanwhile, Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways have said that they would start flights between Singapore and Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia in 2009.

Jetstar Asia said that it had obtained approval from the Air Traffic Rights Committee to commence services from Singapore to Penang and Langkawi.

Jetstar Asia already flies between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. The new flights to Penang and Langkawi would be its 17th and 18th destinations, respectively.

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