Firefly flight arrival from Subang marks Seletar Airport's reopening to commercial flights
SINGAPORE - Seletar Airport has reopened to commercial flights for the first time in more than two years, in another step towards normality for the aviation sector.
The first flight marking the reopening, Malaysian budget carrier Firefly's FY3124, landed at the airport at around 8.50am on Monday (June 13). Fifty-nine passengers were on board the 72-seater turboprop plane.
Firefly will operate four flights daily for a start - two flights in each direction between Singapore and Subang.
It stopped operating flights to Singapore on March 16, 2020, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Before the pandemic, it had operated six flights in each direction daily between Seletar Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.
Firefly chief executive Philip See said at a press conference at Seletar Airport that the airline will look to increase the number of flights plying the route by the end of this year if demand picks up. Prior to the pandemic, about 50 per cent to 60 per cent of the seats were filled on flights on this route.
Mr See said the relatively smaller size of both airports, which results in faster immigration clearance and boarding compared with large airports, offers an important air travel alternative to both leisure and business travellers.
Auto, H. (2022, June 13). Firefly flight arrival from Subang marks Seletar Airport's reopening to commercial flights. The Straits Times. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/landing-of-firefly-flight-from-subang-marks-seletar-airports-reopening-to-commercial-flights