Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Projek pembesaran LTSIP dalam pertimbangan Kerajaan Pusat

TUMPAT: Kerajaan Pusat sedang menimbangkan membesarkan Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra (LTSIP), Pengkalan Chepa bagi menampung perkhidmatan udara yang semakin meningkat.

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed berkata, ia perlu dilihat secara menyeluruh, bukannya membuat keputusan begitu sahaja untuk melaksanakan pembesaran lapangan tersebut.

Bagaimanapun katanya, peluang  cerah untuk dilaksanakan kerana projek itu telah mendapat sokongan Kementerian Pengangkutan.

“Kita bergantung kepada kewangan dan kemampuan kerajaan tetapi Kementerian Pengangkutan sudah menyokong projek tersebut,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas Taklimat Penerangan Isu Semasa di Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sungai Tapang, di sini, petang kelmarin.

Hadir sama, Ketua Penerangan Umno Kelantan, Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad; Ketua Umno Bahagian Kuala Krai, Datuk Ramzi Ab Rahman dan Pemangku Ketua Umno Bahagian Tumpat, Datuk Mohd Rosdi Ab Aziz.

Mustapa berkata, rakyat Kelantan juga turut menyokong pembesaran lapangan itu kerana semua sedia maklum lapangan berkenaan sibuk.

“Di sini ada perkhidmatan AirAsia, Malindo Air, MAS, penerbangan ke Singapura, Johor Bahru dan diakui lapangan di sini memang sibuk,” katanya.

Source/Sumber: Sinar Harian | Edisi Kelantan | 1 Sept. 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Firefly expects new service to Krabi, Thailand to be well received by Malaysians

Popular destination: Aerial view of the beautiful beaches and coves of Koh Hong. Firefly is launching its service from Penang to Krabi on Sept 16. - Tourism Authority of Thailand
THIS September, travellers from Penang can expect great travel deals to Krabi as community airline Firefly launches its new route from its hub in Penang direct to Krabi.

“We are thrilled to open this new route as part of our expansion plans, as we are always looking for opportunities to expand into the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand growth triangle,” said Firefly chief executive officer Ignatius Ong.

“Krabi is a popular beach destination for tourists and a favourite among Malaysians, so there is a strong demand for this particular route.”

Over the years, Krabi has joined other popular tourist destinations in the south of Thailand like Phuket and Koh Samui, though it is not nearly as crowded.

A growing number of tourists now flock to Krabi for its picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, authentic Thai dishes and easy access to the beautiful Thai islands in the Andaman Sea.

According to Ong, the decision to set up a flight route to Krabi from its Penang hub instead of Subang stemmed from the fact that there were many other carriers that already serve the route for travellers in the Klang Valley.

Penang is an important hub for us as it serves our passengers in the north, such as in Medan, Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Phuket and Koh Samui,” he said.

“We feel that there is an underserved market in the region so by opening this new route, travellers in the northern states do not have to fly all the way to Kuala Lumpur or Subang to visit Krabi.”

In addition to decent flight rates to Krabi, travellers can also get great deals on hotels and tour packages in Krabi with the help of Firefly Holiday, eliminating the hassle of planning every last detail of their trip.

According to Ong, the delivery of a new ATR 72-600 aircraft in September will bring the fleet size to 15 and they will be looking to expand on their routes and frequencies for the remainder of the year.

“Our forecast from last year is to see a growth in the number of passengers by 20%. With the new route contributing to that growth, we are well on track to our target.”

Firefly will begin serving the Penang-Krabi route from Sept 16 onwards, three times a week. Prices start from RM149 for a one-way all-in fare.

Source: The Star Online | 19 August 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kementerian Pengangkutan akan mulakan kajian lapangan terbang di Kulim - Mukhriz

ALOR SETAR: Kerajaan negeri Kedah telah dimaklumkan bahawa Kementerian Pengangkutan akan memulakan kajian kemungkinan mereka sendiri terhadap cadangan pembinaan lapangan terbang antarabangsa di Kulim yang dikemukakan baru-baru ini.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir memberitahu persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Selasa, kajian kerajaan negeri dengan persetujuan Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU) akan turut dilaksanakan Pihak Berkuasa Pelaksanaan Koridor Utara (NCIA) tidak lama lagi.

"Cadangan ini (bina lapangan terbang) telah dikemukakan terus (kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) dan sudah dibincangkan secara terperinci dengan pihak Upen (Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri), tentu akhirnya Kementerian Pengangkutan dan Kementerian Kewangan akan juga terlibat dalam perbincangan ini.

"Secara rasmi, saya akui masih belum ada respons daripada kerajaan pusat, perdana menteri sendiri pun, walaupun beliau sudah terima surat daripada saya... tidak memberi surat balas menyatakan tentang pendirian kerajaan pusat.

"Walau bagaimana pun kami aktif dalam perbincangan dengan kementerian-kementerian terbabit mengenai perkara ini. Ia hangat diperbincangkan," katanya menjawab soalan Datuk Ir. Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi (PAS-Pengkalan Kundor).

Phahrolrazi bertanyakan tentang perkembangan serta maklum balas daripada kerajaan pusat mengenai cadangan pembinaan lapangan terbang itu. Beliau turut mendakwa ia bakal menelan belanja sehingga mencecah RM5 bilion.

Mukhriz berkata pihaknya bersetuju bahawa projek sebesar itu memerlukan belanja besar dan mengambil masa panjang untuk dilaksanakan.

"Bagaimana pun mungkin ada cara tertentu untuk mengehadkan perbelanjaan (kos pembinaan) supaya yang dibina nanti adalah sebuah lapangan yang praktikal," katanya.

Menjawab pula soalan Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (BN-Bakar Bata) mengenai rasional kewujudan lapangan terbang itu, Mukhriz berkata selain memberi impak positif kepada kewangan kerajaan negeri dan membuka peluang pekerjaan, lapangan terbang itu akan menjadi lapangan terbang serantau untuk wilayah utara dan selatan Thailand.

Selain itu ia juga mengambil kira kesesakan yang dijangka berlaku di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang (LTAPP) dalam tempoh tiga tahun lagi di samping ketidakupayaan dan penurunan jumlah kargo yang dikendalikan di situ pada kadar -10.5 peratus setahun.

Mukhriz berkata antara sebab penurunan muatan kargo melalui LTAPP termasuk kecenderungan agen menghantar barangan kargo terus ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) dengan treler melalui Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan kerana penerbangan kargo menghadapi masalah.

Beliau berkata lapangan terbang yang dicadangkan di Kulim boleh mengambil alih urusan eksport dan import kargo yang selama ini dikendalikan oleh LTAPP.

"Lokasi dicadangkan sangat strategik iaitu di bahagian selatan Kedah melibatkan daerah Kuala Muda dan Kulim berkeluasan 6,000 hektar, tarikan penumpang dan kargo meliputi kawasan Kedah Selatan yang mempunyai rangkaian kawasan industri di Gurun, Sungai Petani dan Kulim Hi-Tech Park serta Pulau Pinang, utara Perak dan selatan Thailand.

"Kesesuaian lokasi atau tapak lapangan terbang antarabangsa itu akan ditentukan kerajaan negeri melalui kajian kemungkinan yang akan dimulakan tidak lama lagi," katanya. 

Sumber: Bernama | 12 Ogos 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

More travel on AirAsia

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd carried 11.3 million passengers in the second quarter ended June 30, a 13% increase from a year earlier, as the low-cost carrier’s fleet size expanded to 166 planes.

The airline’s sales volume, as measured by the industry jargon, revenue passenger kilometres, which rose 10% to 12.81 billion from 11.67 billion a year earlier. 

Load factor, which measures the number of seats filled against total capacity, slipped one percentage point (ppt) to 79%, amid a 15% rise in number of seats available and a drop in performance by its Thai unit. AirAsia took delivery of nine new aircraft during the quarter.

Malaysia AirAsia remained the strongest contributor in all aspects of the operating statistics and its load factor remained unchanged at 80% due to the relatively mature operating environment for the market.

Thai AirAsia’s load factor dropped by 4 ppts to 78% primarily due to the political instability that eventually led to a slowdown in inbound tourists, the airline operator said in a statement yesterday.

Indonesia AirAsia’s load factor was also 78%, down 1 ppt from a year ago partially due to the high competition and challenging operating environment in the archipelago, an analyst opined. 

AirAsia noted: “In the first half of 2014, Malaysia AirAsia underwent a route rationalisation programme whereby each route is reassessed to ensure we optimise profitability and utilisation focusing on routes with high passenger demand.

“This is also on the back of a more rational market as competitors too are scaling down capacity.” During the quarter, its local unit introduced four new routes, increased frequencies on five routes, terminated one route and scaled down three existing routes.

The Philippines operation was AirAsia’s only arm that recorded a positive growth in load factor, gaining 3 ppts from 74% to 77% in one year. Coming from a low base, Philippines AirAsia’s number of passengers carried surged 560% year-on-year to 920,000 while growth in capacity rose 534%.

In one year, AirAsia added 45 aircraft, of which, 14 went to Malaysia AirAsia, eight to Thailand Air Asia and six to Indonesia AirAsia. During the April-June period, the group added eight aircraft for Malaysia AirAsia and one for the Philippines operations, bringing its total fleet size to 166. AirAsia India has another aircraft.

It said Philippines AirAsia also received 17 additional aircraft year-on-year, a significant increase due to the acquisition of Zest Air. 

Meanwhile, AirAsia X Bhd flew 1.02 million passengers in the second quarter of 2014, up 46% from 700,000 in the corresponding period last year.

It said in a separate statement that the positive figures helped AirAsia X maintain its position as the market leader in terms of passengers carried in Australia and North Asia.

It also said AirAsia X’s planned capacity expansion continued with a 47% year-on-year growth in available seat kilometres to 6.265 billion.

Source: The Star Online | 6 August 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Firefly plans more flights to Senai airport

JOHOR BAHRU: Community airline Firefly plans to introduce more flights from the central and northern regions to Senai International Airport here.
Its chief executive officer Ignatius Ong said the airline saw a good demand from travellers in both regions to visit Johor and Singapore.
We want to further strengthen and position Johor Baru as our southern region hub connecting the city to other parts in the peninsula,” he said recently.
Ong said this at the launch of the Ipoh - Johor Bahru route which would start on Sept 15 by state Tourism executive councillor Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
He said many travellers from the northern states such as Penang and Kedah were interested to visit theme parks in Johor Bahru and Singapore.
“Those from central region including those from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Perak like to come to Johor Baru to shop at the Johor Premium Outlets,” said Ong.
He said Johor Baru’s close proximity with Singapore was an added advantage as travellers could have the best of both worlds by visiting two places at one time.
Ong said the airline also hoped to attract Singaporeans to fly to Ipoh from Johor Bahru despite having Firefly flights connecting Ipoh and Singapore.
“Apart from the leisure segment, we are also targeting business travellers in view of development and progress taking place in Iskandar Malaysia,” he said.
Ong said the economic growth corridor would open more investment opportunities; hence demand for air travelling in Johor Bahru would increase in years to come.
Presently, Firefly serves Subang - Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu-Johor Bahru and plans to introduce flights from Penang and Langkawi to Senai in the future.
He said the airline had placed an order for 20 ATR 72-600 series aircraft from France worth RM3bil in late 2012. Delivery of the aircraft have started taking place from last year and expected full delivery by 2017.
Source: The Star Online | 17 July 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Pilihanku

RAKYAT Malaysia sesungguhnya menyokong apa sahaja langkah terbaik kerajaan untuk menstrukturkan semula dan menyelamatkan syarikat penerbangan Malaysia Airlines (MAS) yang sedang bergelut dengan pelbagai masalah terutamanya masalah kewangan dan dua tragedi besar yang berlaku pada tahun ini, iaitu kehilangan penuh misteri pesawat MH370 pada Mac dan insiden pesawat MH17 yang ditembak jatuh di Ukraine pada bulan Julai. 

Sebagai sebuah penerbangan yang membawa nama negara, MAS adalah imej dan wajah rakyat Malaysia di peringkat antarabangsa yang perlu dipertahankan. Jika kita rakyat Malaysia sendiri yang tidak menyokong MAS, siapakah lagi yang akan menyokong MAS ini? 

Sebagai tanda sokongan berterusan rakyat Malaysia ke atas perkhidmatan MAS, sebuah laman Facebook khas telah ditubuhkan pada 8 Ogos 2014, iaitu Malaysia Airlines Pilihanku yang boleh dilayari melalui pautan www.facebook.com/malaysiaairlinespilihanku.  

Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) merupakan pangkalan utama MAS di Malaysia dan di rantau ini. Setakat 9 Ogos 2014, MAS menawarkan 15 destinasi domestik dari KLIA, iaitu Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Pulau Pinang, Sandakan, Sibu, dan Tawau serta 48 laluan antarabangsa mengikut rantau seperti di bawah. 

  • Asia Tenggara: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bandar Raya Ho Chi Minh, Bandar Seri Begawan, Denpasar (Bali), Hanoi, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Krabi, Manila, Medan, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Siem Reap, Singapura, dan Yangon (14 destinasi). 
  • Asia Timur: Beijing-Capital, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, dan Xiamen (10 destinasi). 
  • Asia Selatan: Bangalore, Chennai, Colombo, Delhi, Dhaka, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Kochi, Male, dan Mumbai (10 destinasi). 
  • Asia Barat: Dubai dan Jeddah (dua destinasi)
  • Eropah: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Ataturk, London-Heathrow, dan Paris-Charles de Gaulle (lima destinasi). 
  • Oceania: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, dan Sydney (tujuh destinasi). 
Sehubungan dengan itu, rakyat Malaysia diiminta terus menjadikan syarikat penerbangan ini sebagai pilihan untuk ke destinasi-destinasi domestik dan antarabangsa. Terima kasih kerana terus memilih MAS! 

Firefly diminta kembangkan operasi dari Kota Bharu sebagai hab Pantai Timur

SYARIKAT penerbangan Firefly (Firefly) diminta mengembangkan operasinya dari Lapangan Terbang Kota Bharu sekali gus menjadi hab Firefly bagi Wilayah Pantai Timur, iaitu hab Firefly ketiga selepas Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang (hab Wilayah Utara) dan Lapangan Terbang Subang Kuala Lumpur (hab Wilayah Tengah). 

Setakat ini, anak syarikat milik penuh Malaysia Airlines (MAS) ini hanya menawarkan tiga laluan penerbangan terus yang melibatkan sektor Kota Bharu, iaitu Kota Bharu - Subang (Kuala Lumpur), Kota Bharu - Pulau Pinang, dan Kota Bharu - Johor Bahru

Antara laluan baharu yang berpotensi untuk ditawarkan dari Kota Bharu ialah Kota Bharu - Kuantan dan Kota Bharu - Langkawi bagi laluan domestik, manakala Kota Bharu - Don Mueang (Bangkok) dan Kota Bharu - Bandar Raya Ho Chi Minh bagi laluan antarabangsa. 

Laluan Kota Bharu - Kuantan dan Kota Bharu - Langkawi masing-masing boleh ditawarkan dengan kekerapan tiga kali seminggu, iaitu setiap hari Selasa, Khamis, dan Sabtu. 

Pihak pengurusan Firefly diminta menimbangkan semula dengan melancarkan semula laluan penerbangan Kota Bharu - Bangkok (Don Mueang) yang sudah beberapa kali tertangguh sebelum ini ekoran keadaan di Bangkok yang kurang aman dan stabil. Perkembangan dan situasi di Bangkok yang kembali aman seperti sedia kala perlu dipertimbangkan semula oleh Firefly. Perkhidmatan bagi laluan ini boleh dimulakan mulai Oktober 2014 nanti. 

Laluan antarabangsa Kota Bharu - Bandar Raya Ho Chi Minh juga mendapat pertanyaan dan permintaan yang tinggi daripada rakyat Kelantan lebih-lebih lagi Bandar Raya Ho Chi Minh sudah cukup terkenal sebagai bandar raya bersejarah, tarikan budaya dan beli-belah. 

Dalam pada itu, sebuah laman Facebook khas telah ditubuhkan untuk menyatakan sokongan rakyat Malaysia ke atas perkhidmatan penerbangan Malaysia Airlines, iaitu Malaysia Airlines Pilihanku yang boleh dilayari melalui laman sesawang www.facebook.com/malaysiaairlinespilihanku. Rakyat Malaysia mahukan Malaysia Airlines kembali bangkit dan terus terbang tinggi membawa nama Malaysia ke seluruh dunia. 

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