Sunday November 30, 2008
PETALING JAYA: More help is on the way for those stuck in Bangkok as AirAsia and Firefly Airlines have added extra flights to bring stranded passengers back to Malaysia.
AirAsia has mounted two more rescue flights from LCCT to the U-Tapao Airbase in Bangkok.
The first flight will depart from the LCCT Sunday while the second would take off tomorrow, the low-cost carrier said in a statement Sunday.
Flights leaving the LCCT on both days would take off at 4.25pm while flights from U-Tapao to Malaysia will take off at 6pm (Thai time).
AirAsia said passengers arriving at U-Tapao will be transported by bus to Bangkok for free while those flying back to Kuala Lumpur will be provided complimentary bus pick-up to U-Tapao from the Novotel Bangna Bangkok hotel in Thailand.
Passengers are advised to assemble at the hotel at 10am (Thai time) for check-in instead of proceeding directly to U-Tapao.
All AirAsia flights to and from Bangkok Sunday have been cancelled as the Suvarnabhumi International Airport 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 or +603-86604554 in Malaysia.
Firefly said in a statement that two additional flights would be flown in to Phuket Sunday.
One flight will take off from Subang while the other would depart from Penang.
The added flights were to cater for passengers stranded in the Thai capital following the prevailing situation there, said its managing director Eddy Leong.
“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,” he said.
The extra flight from Subang to Phuket would take off at 9.35am and depart back to Malaysia at 10.35am (Thai time).
The second additional flight from the Penang International Airport to Phuket would depart at 7.19pm while its returning flight would take off at 7.45pm (Thai time).
Extra flights from the Subang airport to Koh Samui have yet to be confirmed. The budget airlines mounted five other flights to the two Thai islands since Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.fireflyz.com.my.