Firefly, the regional airline of flag carrier Malaysia Airlines, is reinstating flights to Singapore’s Seletar Airport from Malaysia’s Subang Airport using ATRs from mid-June.
The low-cost carrier and subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) says in a statement it will resume its service from Kuala Lumpur’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang to Singapore’s Seletar Airport, effective 13 June, after two years of suspension due to the pandemic and border closures.
Seletar Airport is a commercial and business aviation airport in north-east Singapore.
Firefly will operate its 72-seat ATR 72-500 twice-daily and will progressively increase its frequency by year-end, it adds.
Firefly CEO, Philip See, says the resumption of the air service is in response to Singapore and Malaysia reopening its borders.
“As the Ministry of Tourism and Culture targets attracting two million international tourists to Malaysia this year, Firefly sees this as a perfect time to reinstate and play the role of connecting the communities within both countries,” he explains.
Lim Ching Kiat, managing director of air hub development at Changi Airport Group, which manages Seletar Airport, says the resumption of the air service between Subang and Seletar will provide more options for passengers travelling between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
“We have seen strong travel demand between both countries since travel restrictions eased. Together with our airport partners, Seletar Airport is ready to support Firefly’s operations and we look forward to welcoming and serving passengers at the airport,” he adds.
Smart Aviation Asia Pacific previously reported that Firefly currently serves domestic destinations such as: Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Alor Setar, Kuala Terengganu and Langkawi, and has plans to reinstate services to Indonesia and Thailand, besides Singapore.
The airline’s ATR fleet is based at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. It operates nine ATR 72-500 turboprops as well as three Boeing 737-800s, which are leased from MAG. It reportedly has plans to add seven more aircraft in phases over the next two to three years.
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