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Firefly Spreads its Wings from Penang Once Again

Ariani Mohd Nor

Another milestone for Malaysia Aviation Group to spur domestic air travel and tourism

The tourism and air travel industry in Penang is set for recovery as Firefly’s jet operations from its Penang hub has reinstated. In their aim to keep Malaysians connected, the airline’s Boeing 737-800s will fly Penangites to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA: BKI), Kuching International Airport (IATA: KCH), and Senai International Airport Johor Bahru (IATA: JHB).

The reinstatement was also just in time for the airline’s 15th anniversary since it started operations in April 2007 as well as the recent international border reopening. Thus, the airline has high hopes that this will further strengthen its services and offerings.

The inaugural flight from Penang International Airport (IATA: PEN) flying to Kuching International Airport was welcomed with a water cannon salute and passengers were given souvenirs to commemorate the event.

Present at the send off at PEN was Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) group CEO Captain Izham Ismail who mentions that the Group looks forward to the upcoming months as they reinstate their pre-covid operations to passengers.

“Firefly, together with its sister airlines Malaysia Airlines, MASwings and AMAL, will continue to play an active role as carriers of the nation – prioritising the safety and well-being of its passengers as we welcome them back to experience Malaysia and reconnect with loved ones.”

“We are also excited to introduce new, exciting markets for passengers to ‘Fly Malaysia’ and beyond,” he said.

Meanwhile, Firefly CEO Philip See also added that the airline plans to continue to expand its connectivity with Southeast Asian countries, while also offering value bundle packages “beyond convenience and regions.”

Firefly now operates three daily PEN-JHB return flights and two daily return flights on the PEN-KCH and PEN-BKI routes.

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