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Malaysia decides "soon" the Firefly flights to Singapore: Minister of Transportation



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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government will soon make an official announcement about whether Firefly will be able to resume its flights in Singapore, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Sunday (March 31).

A subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, Firefly announced the suspension of its flights to Singapore in November, after having achieved the approval of the Malaysian civil aviation regulator to move its operations from L & Changi airport to the Seletar airport.

The Changi Airport Group had previously announced the transfer of turbo-prop operations to Seletar in an attempt to optimize the use of Changi resources.

"The official announcement will be made soon. We are still finalizing the details. We hope they can resume their services soon," Loke said after a launching event in Kuala Lumpur.

Before the suspension, Firefly offered 20 flights per day between Singapore and Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan. The budget company had to change its operations to Seletar when the new airport terminal opened at the end of last year.

In January 2019, the chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines Group, Izham Ismail, said that the budget company had to lose up to 20 million RM (4.9 million US dollars) per month due to suspension.

A Malaysian Insight report cited Mr Izham saying that the suspension had caused a "great damage" to the MAG and that "it would need a resolution very quickly."

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