Firefly denies talk of ceasing ops

PETALING JAYA:Firefly has denied market talk it will cease flight operations to provide more space to AirAsia, as part of the share-swap deal between the national carrier and the low-cost airline.

“We are here to stay and grow. We’ll not stop flying,” MAS chief operating officer (short-haul), Ignatius Ong, told a media briefing yesterday.

He said Firefly was never a low-cost carrier, as such its business decisions had nothing to do with AirAsia.

“The only thing we did was to cease the jet operations from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Other than that, we are always looking for possibilities to grow.”

Ong said Firefly would lease some of its turbojets as it planned to acquire the new-generation turbojets, which would only be available four years from now.

He said Firefly was in the midst of rationalising its routes and capacity in line with the parent’s business plan. “We might be introducing new routes in a month or two and we are also looking to adjust some of our frequencies,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ong said Firefly has targeted a 20% increase in sales revenue at the Matta Fair here on March 16-18, &on-1-RM’ million recorded at last year’s fair. — Bernama

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