Friday, June 19, 2009

Firefly is the one.....

5 December 2008

IPOH, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- The Perak government will send an official request to the Transport Ministry for the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport to be reopened as promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

State Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport Committee chairman Nga Kor Ming said many investors intending to invest in Perak changed their minds and went to other places after realising that the airport was closed.

"We want the federal government to fulfill the promise made by the prime minister and to give (us) the promised RM170 million allocation for re-development of the airport and widening of its landing strip," he added.

He told reporters at a press conference today that the prime minister made the promise at a dinner held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce at the Indera Mulia Stadium last year.

Nga said failure to make LTSAS into a fully-operational airport was impeding progress of the state economy and turning the facility, built at a cost of RM54 million, into a white elephant.

He also said that the state government was disappointed with a statement by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat who said that the ministry was planning to build an airport in Negeri Sembilan.

"How can an airport be built in a state which is very near to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal and the KL International Airport when Perak is really in need of the facility," he added.

He said if the federal government could not reopen the airport, it should then hand over the management of LTSAS to the Perak government.

"We will find the airline companies to land here...we want to have a direct flight to Singapore to link us with other countries,"
he added.

Currently, only an airline company which offers flight service between Ipoh and Medan in Indonesia operates at LTSAS.


8 June 2008

IPOH: Firefly, which billed itself as “your community airline”, will take off from Ipoh to Singapore route starting July 12.

The all-inclusive promotional fare is RM88 one way, going up to RM300 depending on the time of booking.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the route would “open up Ipoh to the world.”

The one-hour-and-20 minute flight will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays It departs here at 4.45pm, arriving at the Changi budget terminal at 6.05pm.

From Singapore, the new 72-seater aircraft takes off at 2.50pm and lands at the Sultan Azlan Shah airport here at 4.10pm.

”We have been in discussion with the Perak government since 2007 to provide accessibility to exploit the untapped and hidden treasures of Perak,” Leong said after a briefing with the state, tour agents and hotel operators at the state secretariat here Monday.

He said Firefly would provide free refreshments and snacks, assigned seats and free 20kg baggage allowance for check-in baggage.

To a question, Leong said Singapore was the only destination from Ipoh for now, but added that one possibility was an Ipoh to KLIA route in the future.
The RM88 promotion is available for booking ( or call 03-7845 4543) from now until Oct 24.

Other Singapore destinations that Firefly would be flying are Subang (July 1), Kuala Terengganu (July 14), Kuantan (July 22) and Malacca (Sept 1).

Hmmp....I wonder when there will be a direct route to Sarawak.....

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