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AirAsia and Firefly trying to ensure passage home for all

Monday December 1, 2008

PETALING JAYA: More help is on the way for those stranded in Thailand due to the turmoil there. AirAsia and Firefly are mounting extra flights to enable them to leave.

AirAsia will have two extra flights to the U-Tapao airbase near Bangkok, and Firefly another two to Phuket.

The first AirAsia flight will depart from the LCCT today and the second tomorrow, the low-cost carrier said in a statement yesterday.

Flights will leave the LCCT at 4.25pm on both days, with the return flights taking off at 6pm Thai time.

AirAsia said passengers would be provided free bus transport between Bangkok and U-Tapao.

Passengers in Bangkok are ad vised to assemble at the Novotel Bangna Bangkok Hotel at 10am Thai time for check-in and not proceed directly to U-Tapao.

All AirAsia flights to and from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Inter national Airport today have been cancelled as it is still closed.

Those who wish to board the extra flights urgently may contact the airline’s 24-hour emergency hotlines at +662-5159999 in Bangkok and +603-86604554 in Malaysia.

Firefly said that of its two additional flights to Phuket today, one would be from Subang and the other from Penang.

“We are mounting the extra flights mainly to provide alternatives for passengers who are keen to return home to Malaysia or to their final destination,” managing director Eddy Leong said.

The flight from Subang will take off at 9.35am and depart Phuket at 10.35am Thai time, and that from Penang will depart at 7.19pm and return at 7.45pm Thai time.

Extra flights from Subang airport to Koh Samui have yet to be confirmed.

The budget airline had mounted five other flights to the two Thai islands since Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.fireflyz.com.my.

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