Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Finally...Ipoh-ians can FLY high!

After N months of waiting since Air Asia cancelled the route between Ipoh-JB somewhere 3 years ago, finally with the bilateral air services agreement between Malaysia and Singapore, there would be a possiblity that there will be direct flights between Ipoh-Singapore!!!

Source from Channelnewsasia.com on 14th April 2009:

"The new agreement gives carriers of both countries the right to operate between Singapore and six new destinations in Malaysia, namely Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Malacca, Sandakan and Tawau. It also provides increased traffic rights to existing cities, namely Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu..."

Also there would have rights to have direct flights to n fro to other cities too!

"Under the new agreement, Singapore carriers will have traffic rights to operate 21 weekly services to Ipoh and 14 weekly services each to Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Malacca, Sandakan and Tawau.

For existing routes, Singapore carriers will have increased traffic rights to operate a total of 70 services a week to Penang and 27 services a week to Langkawi.

Additionally, carriers of both countries are also allowed to operate an additional 14 weekly services between Singapore and each of the East Malaysian cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. "

If the airfares are affordable, this policy will promote tourism business in Malaysia termendously! And those who wants to balik kampung (means go back hometown in Malay), like me, can go back faster. Just imagine you can go back to Ipoh from Singapore in 4-5 hours time instead bumping up with land transports for N hours on the way back home during Chinese New Year...

and just now...it's confirmed!



Firefly Direct Flight Ipoh-Singapore by mid-June or early-July 2009!!!

Source: Sinchew Daily 15th April 2009

"(霹靂‧怡保)霹靂州政府和廉航飛螢航空公司達成協議,敲定7月首開從怡保直飛新加坡的航線,使沉寂多年的怡保蘇丹阿茲蘭沙機場恢復活力。
...

他週二(4月14日)受到星洲日報詢問時證實,州政府已同意在怡保蘇丹阿茲蘭沙機場首創往返新加坡的航線,並於6月中至7月初起飛,相信票價大眾化。
“州政府首2年協助飛螢豁免數項費用,包括乘客機場稅、機場費用和添油設備等。”

他指出,飛螢將提供每週4趟往返怡保和新加坡的班次,分別是週一、三、五及日。
“飛螢提供的是全新的ATR型客機,共有72個座位,設計新穎觀。由於屬型客機,適用於目前的怡保機場跑道,因此怡保機場無須進行修改工程便可直接起飛。”"

Able to fetch my parents to attend my graduation ceremony on July without taking 8 hours of bus journeys!!!

Can't wait for the online booking to be released soon!

2 comments:

kanki said...

congratulations!!!
haih i always in the middle situation, not far not near, not good not bad.

大飞<--->Daifeijay said...

hhaha, a good reason for you to come to Ipoh more often! lol...coz LCCT is quite near d, build another 1 at Seremban will waste tax-payer money.