Firefly expands regional network

The three new routes will be operated using Firefly's ATR 72 aircraft
The three new routes will be operated using Firefly's ATR 72 aircraft

Malaysian airline Firefly is expanding its regional network with the introduction of two new routes and the reinstatement of one other.

The carrier today revealed plans to launch new services connecting Singapore with the eastern Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and a new route linking the holiday islands of Penang and Koh Samui. The Kota Bahru-Singapore flights will launch on 10 August, followed a day later by the Penang-Samui service. The airline’s Subang-Hat Yai route, which was postponed in May this year following a terrorist attack on the southern Thai city, will finally get underway on 17 August.

The Kota Bharu–Singapore and Subang–Hat Yai routes will both be served four times a week with flights every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights between Penang and Koh Samui will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All services will be operated using Firefly’s ATR turboprop aircraft.

“We are mounting these new flights as we see demands in the various respective markets. As such, we intend to meet the needs of our loyal business and leisure customers for direct flights with convenient timings both ways,” said Firefly’s CEO, Ignatius Ong.

In addition to the new routes, Firefly will also increase the frequency of several other sectors. From 10 August, the Singapore-Kuantan service will be increased from four times a week to daily, while Subang-Pekanbaru will rise from three to four weekly flights.

Domestically, several services from Subang will be boosted. Flights to Johor Bharu will rise from 21 to 25 per week, Kota Bahru from 49 to 58, Langkawi from 10 to 19 and Penang from 65 to 66. Service on the Penang-Kota Bahru and Kota Bahru-Johor Bharu will both rise from three times a week to daily.

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