Sunday, May 1, 2016

Firefly diminta perkenal laluan Kota Bharu - Melaka

SYARIKAT penerbangan Firefly diharap dapat menyambung semula laluan Kota Bharu - Melaka (KBR-MKZ) yang telah digantung oleh syarikat penerbangan Malindo Air sejak Oktober tahun lepas. 

Hal ini kerana masih terdapat permintaan daripada anak Kelantan yang menetap di Bandar Raya Melaka dan utara Johor terutamanya dari daerah Muar dan Tangkak, serta pelancong dari Melaka dan utara Johor itu sendiri untuk menggunakan perkhidmatan penerbangan terus ini. 

Buat permulaan, Firefly boleh menawarkan perkhidmatan penerbangan terus ini dengan kekerapan tiga kali seminggu terutamanya pada hari Ahad, Rabu, dan Jumaat. Hal ini kerana berdasarkan kaji selidik yang dijalankan laman Facebook Kota Bharu Bandar Raya Islam dan Facebook Laluan Penerbangan Kota Bharu - Melaka, ramai yang berharap agar syarikat penerbangan dapat menawarkan penerbangan pada hari Jumaat dan Ahad. 

Firefly merupakan syarikat penerbangan tempatan yang paling sesuai beroperasi bagi laluan ini dengan mengambil kira jumlah armada pesawat jenis ATR-nya, peranan Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra Kota Bharu (LTSIP) sebagai hab sekundernya dengan menempatkan dua buat pesawat, dan juga mutu perkhidmatannya yang terbaik. 

Setakat ini, Firefly menawarkan penerbangan ke empat destinasi dari Kota Bharu, iaitu Kuala Lumpur (Subang), Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, dan Pulau Langkawi. Jika Firefly menambah satu lagi destinasinya dari Kota Bharu yakni ke Melaka, ia akan mengukuhkan lagi hab sekundernya di Kota Bharu. 

Dalam pada itu, Kerajaan Negeri Melaka boleh membantu Firefly atau mana-mana syarikat penerbangan yang berminat untuk beroperasi dari Lapangan Terbang Melaka (LTM) dengan memberikan beberapa insentif seperti menanggung caj pendaratan dan parkir pesawat di LTM, subsidi iklan dan promosi di seluruh negeri Melaka, dan sebagainya. 

Sumber: Kota Bharu Airport | www.kotabharuairport.blogspot.com 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Malaysia Airlines announces brand new look for Golden Lounges

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has extensively redesigned its Golden Lounges to offer guests an exciting new pre-flight experience.

Chief Commercial Officer Paul Simmons said the new design combines elements that are uniquely Malaysian with modern functionality for a truly enhanced travel experience.

"We want the space to encapsulate the richness of travel with the airline, a luxurious contemporary Malaysian style that our guests will be able to experience when they enter any MAS Golden Lounge around the world.

"We are extremely excited about the project which marks the next phase of an exciting products and services roll-out to provide our customers with an enhanced travel experience," he said in a statement today.

The key feature of the new Golden Lounge is a demonstration kitchen concept, allowing guests to interact with chefs, which will be a focal point for an upgraded offering of Malaysian and international gourmet specialties.

Guests will have the option to indulge in a bistro service or have a quick snack on-the-go, with the additional option of a fine dining experience in the First Class Lounge.

The improvements also entail an upgrade to WiFi services to enable faster speeds along with the addition of universal power sockets for the convenience of guests.

The new features, expected be available in late 2016, will begin with the regional and domestic lounges at KL International Airport (KLIA).

This will be followed by the Business and First class lounges at the KLIA Satellite terminal and London Heathrow, expected to be completed by mid-2017.

Source: Bernama | Business | 29 Apr. 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lapangan Terbang Miri dinaik taraf dengan kos RM285 juta

Pesawat-pesawat MASWing yang mengendalikan operasi penerbangan RAS berpusat di Lapangan Terbang Miri di Sarawak.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lapangan Terbang Miri di Sarawak akan dinaik taraf me­libatkan kos berjumlah RM285 juta bagi memenuhi trend penum­pang trafik yang semakin meningkat.

Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, cadangan tersebut telah disenaraikan sebagai antara projek yang diberi keutamaan akan dilaksanakan di bawah pelan kedua Rancangan Malaysia ke-11 (RMK-11) pada 2017.

Katanya, kementerian perlu me­ngemukakan cadangan ber­kenaan kerana lapangan tersebut digunakan untuk hab Perkhidmatan Udara Luar Bandar (RAS).

Tambah beliau, keputusan itu dibuat berikutan siapnya pe­nyambungan laluan kapal terbang melibatkan kos RM68 juta.

Malah, ujar Tiong Lai, lapangan tersebut merupakan yang kedua pa­ling sibuk di Sarawak yang merekodkan 2.3 juta penum­pang pada 2015 hingga me­lebihi kapasiti muatan penumpang sebanyak dua juta setahun.

“Demi kepentingan rakyat dan pelancong, kerajaan membuat ke­putusan untuk menaik taraf La­pangan Terbang Miri bagi meme­nuhi jumlah penumpang trafik yang semakin meningkat,” katanya di Miri hari ini.

Beliau memberitahu, usaha tersebut adalah tambahan kepada RM700 juta yang diperuntukkan untuk kerja-kerja mendalamkan Sungai Sarawak bagi meningkatkan kapasiti Pelabuhan Kuching, membina Lapangan Terbang Mukah yang baharu bagi menggantikan kawasan berlepas dan mendarat yang pendek dan menaik taraf kemudahan di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching.

“Infrastruktur pengangkutan mem­punyai kapasiti untuk menggerakkan perniagaan dan orang ramai, meningkatkan ekonomi dan juga pembangunan sosial. Dalam aspek ini, kami amat mengambil kira keperluan pembangunan infrastruktur yang bergerak seiring dengan pertumbuhan.

“Pelaburan kerajaan berorientasikan rakyat di Sarawak bertujuan untuk menghasilkan pertumbuhan yang mapan dan inklusif. Dalam usaha untuk menjadikan Malaysia mencapai status negara maju, maka adalah penting supaya infrastruktur pengangkutan kita bertaraf dunia,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, dalam ucapan pelancarannya, beliau berkata, kerajaan bersetuju menaikkan subsidi untuk RAS daripada RM160 juta kepada RM190 juta setiap tahun bermula 2018.

Beliau berkata, Maswings Sdn. Bhd. sekarang mengendalikan lebih 500 penerbangan secara mingguan ke 49 destinasi RAS,” katanya.

Sumber: Utusan Malaysia | Ekonomi | 22 Apr. 2016 | Terbitan 23 Apr. 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Licence will be cancelled if DCA not satisfied with Rayani Air's explanation - Liow

ALOR GAJAH: The air service licence and air operator certificate of Malaysia's first Syariah-compliant airline, Rayani Air, will be cancelled if the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is not satisfied with the explanation and information on the company's operations, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the action would take into consideration various factors including the capability of the company to continue operations.

"We are still giving Rayani Air an opportunity to explain to the DCA on the issues that cropped up during its entire three-month operation before taking any further action.

"Currently we are still holding hearings with Rayani Air and so far we have not obtained further information on any action against the company," he told reporters after launching of MCA's Karnival Teguh Bersama' (Stronger Together Carnival) at Machap Baru here Saturday.

He was asked to comment on the temporary suspension of air operator certificate (AOC) of Rayani Air for three months effective April 11.

The DCA issued the temporary suspension after the company which began operations in December announced suspending its flight operations without the approval of DCA on April 8.

On the failure of Rayani Air to settle the salary arrears of employees, Liow said the complaint could be channeled to the Industrial Relations Department to protect the rights of workers.

He said employees of the company were entitled to take legal action if a settlement could not be reach with the employer to settle their salary arrears.

In other developments, Liow said Malaysia, Australia and China were committed to continue the search for MH370 until the entire 120,000 sq kilometre area in the Indian Ocean had been covered.

"I have directed the technical committee to continue holding meetings with the three countries to expedite the search for MH370 and the operation has also received the support and assistance of Mozambique and South Africa," he said.

Meanwhile, on the carnival, Liow said the programme was drawn up to reach out to the people who are facing rising cost of living.

He said the programme was to provide a platform to channel information to the grassroots on all facilities provided by the government in all fields such as economy, education and social.

"Many people, especially the Chinese are not aware MCA had implemented various programmes in education such as UTAR (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman), Institut VTAR dan CECE (Childhood Education Studies and Community Education)," he said.

Source: Bernama | 23 Apr. 2016

Transport Ministry mulls upgrade to Miri Airport's status

MIRI: The Transport Ministry is planning to upgrade Miri Airport to international status.

This is in view of an increase in the number of passengers and international flights using the facility.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said for start, the ministry would expand Miri Airport to handle four million passengers annually, at a cost of about RM285 million.

"The proposed project is awaiting approval from the Finance Ministry and given the greenlight, it would be implemented next year," he told reporters here today.

He had earlier launched a RM68 million apron expansion and provision of covered walkways at Miri Airport. The work was completed in February this year.

Liow said Miri Airport was designed to handle two million passengers, but last year, exceeded the capacity with 2.3 million using it.

"Upgrading Miri Airport to the Miri International Airport is not much of a problem as it has several features to be one, like immigration counters and flights coming in from Singapore," he added.

He said a key feature that needed improvement would be separate departure and arrival halls which the airport does not currently have.

Liow said the ministry had to address the expansion proposal urgently as the airport is also being used as hub for the Rural Air Services (RAS).

Meanwhile, in his speech at the launch, he said, the government had agreed to raise the subsidy for the Rural Air Services (RAS) from RM160 million to RM190 million annually from 2018.

He said Maswings Sdn Bhd now handled more than 500 flights weekly to 49 destinations for the RAS.

Source: Bernama | 22 Apr. 2016

MAHB hopes to attract more Pakistani travellers this year

SEPANG: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) hopes to attract a significant number of Pakistani travellers this year, said its Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Abd Hamid Mohd Ali.

Abdul Hamid said last year there were 66,400 tourists.

He said this at the welcoming ceremony for the inaugural flight of Shaheen Air, a private Pakistani carrier, at the KL International Airport (KLIA) here today.

The Airbus A330-200 aircraft landed at KLIA at 10am, with 265 passengers, including Malaysia's High Commissioner to Pakistan, Datuk Dr Hasrul Sani Mujtabar.

More than 100 passengers left Kuala Lumpur for Karachi on the return trip.

Meanwhile, Shaheen Air Deputy Managing Director, Faisal Rafique, said the airline would fly to new destinations and increase its fleet to 35 aircraft from 25, by 2017.

"We have started flights to Kuala Lumpur today and to Bangkok in May. We will be expanding flights to other destinations, including Shanghai and a few more," he said, adding the airline would be flying to 15 international destinations.

He said direct flights would strengthen people-to-people and business-to-business ties between the two countries.

Faisal said the airline was also targeting some additional 25,000 visitors from Pakistan to visit Malaysia per year.

"In recent years, Malaysia has been quite a popular destination for the Pakistanis, as such we feel that we will be fulfiling a strong market demand.

"We hope that this route will serve as an 'air bridge' for further development of long-term friendly relations between Pakistan and Malaysia in the fields of trade, investment and tourism," he said.

Faisal, who is also Chief Commercial Officer of Shaheen Air, said in a bid to increase traffic and usage for Kuala Lumpur's travellers, the airline would offer return ticket at US$400 inclusive of free visa services.

Besides Shaheen Air, Pakistan International Airlines and Malindo Air also offer four-time weekly and twice weekly flights on the Kuala Lumpur-Lahore route.

Source: Bernama | 22 Apr. 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Liow: Miri Airport extension completed to handle rising passenger traffic

Miri Airport in the northern region of Sarawak. 
PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has announced the completion of the extension project of the apron and taxiway at Miri Airport.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic)said the airport had 2.3 million passengers last year, exceeding its annual capacity of two million passengers.

“In the interest of the rakyat and for the comfort of travellers, the Government decided to upgrade the airport to accommodate this growing trend in passenger traffic,” he said in a statement on Friday.

The extension project cost about RM68mil. Liow said the ministry has proposed further expansion and upgrading work to be undertaken at the airport.

“The proposal is on the priority list for projects to be undertaken in the Second Rolling Plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan in 2017,” he said. He added that the proposal is expected to cost at total of about RM285mil.

These efforts, he said, are in addition to the RM700mil enhancement to Kuching Port’s capacity, the construction of the new Mukah Airport to replace the existing STOLport (short take-off and landing port) as well as the upgrading of facilities at Kuching International Airport.

In order for Malaysia to achieve fully developed nation status, it is integral for our transport infrastructure to be world-class,” said Liow.

Source: The Star | Nation | 22 Apr. 2016