Jetstar Asia, the budget airline based in Singapore, has started daily, non-stop flights between Singapore and the Malaysian island of Penang. With the launch of the Singapore-Penang flight on July 1, 2009, Penang became Jetstar Asia’s 17th destination from Singapore and the 4th destination in Malaysia.
From October 1, 2009, the Singapore-Penang service, which uses Airbus A320 aircraft, will be doubled to two flights a day – a total of 14 flights a week.
Jetstar Asia has said that the new service would raise the number of Jetstar’s weekly flights from Singapore to Malaysia to 88 – the highest number that it operates to any country.
From Singapore, Jetstar Asia already flies to Kuala Lumpur three times a day; once a day to Kuching and four times a week to Kota Kinabalu.
Jetstar Asia, the Asian arm of Jetstar Airways, is a low-cost subsidiary airline of Qantas Airways of Australia. Singapore’s Changi Airport is Jetstar Asia’s main base.
Jetstar Asia also said that the all-inclusive fares (Jetsaver Light) on the Singapore-Penang route are available from Singapore $48, or RM 95, one way.
Lim Guan Eng, chief minister of Penang, told reporters that the new service would boost tourist traffic between Singapore and Penang, especially when Jetstar Asia raises the number of flights to two times a day from October 1, 2009.
The extra flights, he added, would also give more chances for people in Singapore and Malaysia to visit their families and friends.
There are at present, according to Lim Guan Eng, 42 weekly flights on the Singapore-Penang route that are operated by Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Jetstar, and SilkAir.
Lim said his government had already permitted the airlines to raise the number of the Singapore-Penang weekly flights to 84.
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