11 May 2010
MALACCA: The recently opened RM190mil Malacca International Airport will finally see international low-cost carriers using the airport here following earlier worries that it will become a white elephant.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam announced that both Firefly and AirAsia would make their debut at the airport soon.
Firefly had agreed to have chartered flights to Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia from here beginning May 28 following successful negotiations with Puteri Holiday Resort, he told reporters this after chairing the state exco meeting here recently.
He said Firefly would provide the flights with the resort arranging tours between Medan and Malacca.
"The inaugural flight will take off from the airport here on Friday morning and return on Sunday evening," he said, adding that Firefly would later provide regular flights based on response.
Mohd Ali said AirAsia had also given positive indication to using the airport for regular flights to Penang and Medan in the near future.
"I have spoken to Datuk Tony Fernandes who said that the company will brief the state in two weeks' time when they will begin their operations here," he said.
The airport had undergone a RM131mil project to extend the runway with a second extension and upgrading works carried out to enable it to cater to Boeing 737A and Airbus 320A.
Covering 7,000sqm, the airport's new terminal has facilities for domestic and international flights and can handle 1.5 million passengers annually.
The renovated airport was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Feb 4.