SITIAWAN: The Transport Ministry is still waiting for Firefly's application to fly direct from Ipoh to Kota Baru, Phuket and Medan, Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said.
He said he had encouraged the low-cost carrier to expand its routes to these destinations several months ago to complement the state's development.
"Connectivity is definitely good for the economy, bringing in more investment, tourists and a host of downstream activities.
"I have also discussed the matter with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir," Kong said here yesterday.
A report in The Star last Friday quoted Perak state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon as saying that flights to these destinations could start by this year if the proposal received the green light.
"Firefly has to first submit its application to fly these routes," he said, adding that the ministry and state government were receptive to ideas for the state's development.
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