Tiger Airways Lands At LCCT-KLIA
February 01, 2008 16:09 PM
By Mohamad Iswandi
SEPANG, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- Air connectivity between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur was enhanced today following Singapore's budget airline, Tiger Airways' maiden flight to KL.
Two other low-cost carriers, Malaysia's AirAsia and Australia's JetStar Asia also made their maiden flights between the two cities.
The flights by the LCCs mark the beginning of the liberation of the aviation policy between Malaysia and Singapore.
Tiger Airway's flight TR148 touched down at the LCCT-KLIA at 11.40am carrying 120 passengers.
They were greeted by Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd's managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad and its senior officials.
Tiger Airways will commence daily flights between Singapore and KL using an A320 aircraft with a 180-seat configuration.
The flight will depart Singapore at 10.50am and will arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 11.45am while Flight TR149 leaves Kuala Lumpur at 12.15pm and will arrive in Singapore at 1.10pm.
"With the inclusion of Tiger Airways, KLIA's list of international airlines stands at 56," Bashir told reporters after the inaugural flight landed here today.
He said the low-cost carrier will operate from the LCCT-KLIA as the basic terminal facilities and amenities are streamlined with its operations model.
"The arrival of Tiger Airways is a good indication particularly for LCCT-KLIA towards attracting more airlines.
"The service will further strengthen air connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore as it complements the current services by Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines," he said.
Tiger Airways took to the skies from Singapore in September 2004 with two aircraft in its fleet and three routes in its network.
Within three years of operation, Tiger Airways now flies to more than 25 destinations across eight countries in Asia Pacific using a fleet of brand new Airbus A320 aircraft.