Firefly to operate from Seletar airport by end of year

SINGAPORE: Firefly Airlines will shift its operations to Seletar Airport when the new terminal becomes operational at the end of 2018.

Firefly, a unit of Malaysia Airlines, is currently operating 20 daily turboprop flights — to and from Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan — at Changi Airport.

The Seletar Airport’s new passenger terminal has received its temporary occupation permit and preparations are on track for the terminal to begin operations by the end of this year.

“The new passenger terminal enables Seletar Airport to handle the expected growth of aviation activities in future,” associate general manager of Seletar Airport, Khoh Su Lim, said in a statement here.

“We look forward to providing passengers with a fresh experience, in terms of comfort and convenience, when the new terminal starts operations around the end of the year.”

Managed by Changi Airport Group, the new terminal building has a floor area of 10,000 sq m — more than six times larger than the current terminal.

Constructed and fitted out at a cost of about S$80 million, it is designed to handle 700,000 passenger movements a year, in anticipation of the growth in passenger traffic in the coming years.

The new passenger terminal features an enlarged departure and arrival area to handle commercial flights.

The departure area will have four check-in counters, six immigration lanes, two security screening stations and a spacious gate holdroom, which can accommodate about 200 passengers.

The check-in, immigration and security screening counters are positioned in a straight route through the departure hall, enabling a quick boarding process for passengers.

The new terminal will also have a section for passengers travelling on chartered business flights and private jets, with its own waiting lounge area.

On the airside, passengers will be able to board their flights with three aircraft parking stands next to the terminal.

This allows passengers quick access to the aircraft, enabling faster aircraft turnaround time.