Saturday, July 02, 2011

A Johor Bahru-Sibu route may materialise soon

SIBU: Firefly is toying with the idea of serving the Johor Bahru (JB)-Sibu route to excite the market here after making its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu yesterday.

“Yes, we are definitely thinking about this … the JB-Sibu route may materialise quite soon. The fact that we already have an aircraft based in JB certainly makes the task easier.

“The thing is you just need to fly to Sibu and back again. And you can get very good timing,” its managing director Datuk Eddy Leong told The Borneo Post in an exclusive interview after the ‘Firefly celebrates its B737-800 inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu’ function here yesterday.

He, however, was quick to point out that they had not made any decision yet as they needed more aircrafts to better service this sector.

Leong said this when asked if Firefly would serve the Sibu-JB sector following requests from local travel agents for more of such flights.

He also did not discount the possibility of the airline serving the much-awaited Sibu-Singapore route in the near future.

Meanwhile, according to a long time travel agent, managing director of Equitorial Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd Robert Tan, currently the Sibu-JB route is served by another low-cost carrier.

“But the time is rather inconvenient since it is an evening flight and it is rather late when passengers land in JB. Besides, the single flight is only available on alternate days.

“Perhaps, Firefly can fly Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays using the noon flight so as to enable travellers to cross over to Singapore,” Tan said, singing praises of Firefly’s initiative to fly the KL-Sibu route, saying it brought convenience and better connectivity for Sibu folk.

The agent said if the Sibu-JB route materialise, this would make it economically viable for travellers heading to JB and Singapore.

Leong said it would not be beneficial to fly Sibu-JB at midnight, adding “flights have to be either in the midmorning or midday.”

On the possible Sibu-Singapore sector, he disclosed that they had such plans in the pipeline but such a move required thorough planning.

“We definitely have such plans but the issue is when do we do it? Right now, we do not have any aircraft based in either Sibu or Singapore.”

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