Seletar Airport in Singapore to Become Firefly Base

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Seletar Airport in Singapore, which used to be the main international air gateway to the city before the opening of  Changi, will be reactivated by year end with a new terminal an the transfer of all the flights of Firefly from Malaysia.

Malaysia regional carrier Firefly, an affiliate of Malaysia Airlines, will move all of its flights from Malaysia to Singapore Seletar Airport by the end of the year, according to an airline statement. The Malaysian regional airline, which operates with turbo-prop aircraft, serves up to 20 times per day Singapore Changi from Kuala Lumpur Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan.

The Seletar Airport’s new passenger terminal has received its Temporary Occupation Permit which allows the facility to be operation. Preparations are on track for the terminal to turn operational by year end.

The boarding lounge

“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 given to Singapore media.

“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.”

The new terminal with a floor surface of 10,000 m2- more than six times the current old terminal- cost s$80 million (US$55 million). It will be managed by Changi Airport Group (CAG). The terminal is designed to handle 700,000 passenger movements a year, in anticipation of the growth in passenger traffic in the coming years.

Inside the departure area, passengers will find four check-in counters, six immigration lanes, two security screening stations and a gate holdroom capable of accommodating about 200 passengers. A few shops will also be available.

The building will also include a section for passengers travelling on chartered business flights and private jets, who will be able to wait in a dedicated lounge area.

The relocation of Firefly will help meet growing capacity demands at Changi Airport with the relocation of smaller and slower aircraft operations according to CAG. Airlines flying to Seletar will also benefit of lower aeronautical fees.