Saturday November 8, 2008
KUALA TERENGGANU: Domestic airline Firefly Sdn Bhd is expanding its wings with a new route serving passengers in Kerteh, Terengganu, from next year.
Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said that four weekly flights would land at Kerteh airport, apart from Firefly’s current route to Kuala Terengganu.
The flights, he said, would enable passengers to commute between Kerteh and Subang Airport in Selangor.
“The service will be a boon for Kemaman folk, especially those in the petroleum industry who can now fly directly to Kuala Lumpur.”
“Passengers from towns in Kemaman can save the hassle of driving to the Kuala Terengganu or Kuantan airports,” he said after chairing the weekly exco meeting here.
Ahmad said that facilities at Kerteh airport were adequate to accommodate requirements for domestic flights.
“Kerteh airport was much better than Kuala Terengganu airport until it was upgraded last year,” he said.
Ahmad said the state was willing to absorb the airport tax for international flights landing directly at Sultan Mahmud Airport.
He said this would help the state promote tourism.
Ahmad said the state would hold talks with related aviation companies on the matter tomorrow.
He added some cargo handlers, especially those in the oil and gas industries, were keen to use the airport as a hub, and the state was considering their proposals.