8 January 2015
SUBANG, 8 January 2015: Firefly Airlines would like to inform that all its donation centers located in Subang Skypark Terminal, Penang International Airport and Sultan Ismail Petra Airport will cease operations on Friday 9 January 2015 at 5:00pm. The public is advised to direct and drop-off all donations from henceforth to Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) at the following locations:
Donors are also advised to consider using ground logistics to transport the donated items directly to the affected areas as most major roads heading towards Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu are now open to all traffic thanks to the improving flood situation. As such, humanitarian aid can now easily be transported to areas that were previously inaccessible by roads.
“On Friday 26 December 2014, Firefly stepped up to the plate and pledged to donate all available seats and cargo space aboard Firefly flights to Kota Bharu, Kelantan and Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu as part of our contribution to channeling emergency assistance to those affected by the floods in the east coast of Malaysia. In the space of less than 6 hours, we managed to set up three donation centers in Subang Skypark, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport and Penang International Airport, in addition to forging alliances with The Star Media Group, IMARET, Mercy Malaysia and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) to consolidate our efforts and form a delivery and support system that would ensure the aid reaches those in need in a timely manner,” says Ignatius Ong, Chief Executive Officer.
We have flown 120 tonnes of cargo out of Subang Skypark Terminal, 52.5 tonnes out of Penang International Airport and 880 medical personnel and volunteers to the flood- stricken states.
We are very fortunate to have strong partners such as the Star Media Group to support us in this cause and our special thanks go out the members of the public who generously opened their hearts and wallets to help the flood victims and our colleagues in MASKargo who came in to provide logistics support to ensure the aid could be delivered as quickly as possible.
We are deeply touched by the words of encouragement and this mission will remain as a special and important milestone for all of us in Firefly,” he concludes.
Among the private organizations are participating in the relief efforts are Holiday Travel & Tours, Leisure Golf, Crest, Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Eau Claire Sdn Bhd, Hard Rock Hotel Pulau Pinang, University Sains Malaysia, Arup Corporation, Hektar Group and Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Logistics assistance were also received from OSCAR Mission and Pertubuhan Solidariti Madani Malaysia.