4 May 2009
PETALING JAYA: Low-cost carrier Firefly now flies to Batam, its fourth Indonesian destination to date.
The airline made its first flight to its new destination last Saturday, making it the only international airline to serve Batam with a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Marketing and Communications head Angelina Fernandez said travel for almost all Batam residents were limited to Johor Baru and Singapore due to time constraint and cost as they had to travel by ferry.
"We are confident that Firefly’s direct flight from Kuala Lumpur (Subang) will contribute towards boosting the economy for both Malaysia and Batam.
"For the Batamese, Firefly will be an affordable and convenient mode of transportation into Kuala Lumpur.
"This direct flight will give them an alternative option and opportunity to explore other states of Malaysia both for business and leisure," she said in a statement yesterday.
She said the ferry ride from Johor was about an hour and 40 minutes, and cost RM69 each way.
From Singapore, the journey takes 45 minutes at SG$48 (RM115), she said, adding an estimated 80% of Malaysian visitors and almost 100% of foreigners travel into Batam via Singapore.
She added the influx of visitors into Batam was expected to come from Phuket and Koh Samui, as Firefly also connected Malaysia to Thailand.
Last year, 25,000 people from Batam visited Malaysia by ferry, up from 23,000 in 2007.
The number of visitors to Batam last year via Johor was 11,000, and those who entered the Indonesian island via Singapore totalled 55,000.
Firefly is currently flying to Batam with a special rate starting from RM88 one way.
The fares are available for booking for the travel period between now and 24 October 2009.
More details are available on www.fireflyz.com.my.