By NG SU-ANN
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has urged Firefly to build a community terminal in Penang.
He said the state government was prepared to make its land available for such a facility.
“Firefly can not only be unique on the air but also on the ground. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
“We will also appeal to the Transport Ministry to upgrade the existing airport to be world standards. It is now functional but we need to be more than that,” he told newsmen Sunday after welcoming passengers from the budget airline’s inaugural flight from Bandar Aceh in Indonesia to Penang.
Lim also urged Firefly to introduce flights between Penang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
“By flying to Ho Chi Minh, we can create new synergies in tourism and business. The city is one of the growth centres in the world.
“Firefly should have the foresight of flying there before other carriers beat it to that,” he added.
On the community terminal proposal, Firefly managing director Eddy Leong said as the airline grows, it will work with Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (MAB) to improve on its services.
He also said Firefly was more focused on providing a feeder service to Penang while Malaysia Airlines took care of the long haul flights.
“Ho Chi Minh City was initially in our plan but we took it out. With the economic crisis, we have to look at the ‘low-hanging fruits’ first such as Sumatera and Southern Thailand,” he added.