SINGAPORE – Malaysian low-cost carrier Firefly will launch direct flights between Penang International Airport and Changi Airport on March 26.
Currently, travellers on Firefly flights have to depart from Seletar Airport. They arrive in Selangor’s Subang Airport, also known as Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, before taking another flight to Penang.
When Firefly starts operating out of Changi Airport Terminal 2 on March 26, passengers can fly directly to Penang in the airline’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
One-way direct tickets, which start from $99, are already on sale, said the airline.
Firefly will operate between the two cities twice daily, departing from Penang at 10am and 6.35pm. The flight from Singapore will be at 12.40pm and 9.15pm.
Passengers will fly on the airline’s newly retrofitted aircraft equipped with 189 seats.
Firefly resumed flights from Seletar Airport to Subang Airport in June 2022.
Singapore permanent resident Lyn Goh flies with AirAsia and Firefly when she heads home to Penang monthly.
The 32-year-old regional sales manager, who last took a Firefly flight in January with a 1½-hour layover at Subang Airport, said the direct flight will save her time.
However, another traveller who wants to be identified only as Ms Ang said she will consider various factors, such as the timings, before deciding if she should book the Firefly flight from Changi Airport.
The 33-year-old Malaysian, who works as a customer success manager in Singapore, noted that Firefly offers only two departure timings from Changi Airport.
“This could be limiting my options as well, so I may consider other airlines as they have more (timings),” she said. “It’s still good to have another airline option to consider, and if they’re affordable.”
Airlines that fly directly from Changi Airport to Penang include Scoot, AirAsia and Jetstar.