Firefly provides rescue flights to flood-hit Kelantan, Terengganu

PETALING JAYA - Firefly Airlines, in partnership with The Star Media Group, is providing rescue and relief flights to flood-hit Kelantan and Terengganu.

The airline's CEO Ignatius Ong said in a statement that the flights would be taking off from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to Kota Baru and Kuala Terengganu.

According to Ong, all available seats and cargo space for the flights will be made available for the flood relief efforts.

"We call on everyone, be it government bodies, non-governmental organisations, private groups, organisations or the general public, to get in touch with the Firefly collection centres to find out how you can make use of this service.

"It is Firefly's duty to serve the nation and we would like to make the process simple, efficient and convenient," he said.

He added that with the growing number of evacuees, which has exceeded 100,000 people in the affected states, it is important for Malaysians to unite to help their fellow Malaysians in need.

Firefly Airlines is also working with Imam Response and Relief Team (Imaret), a team powered by the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam), to sponsor flights for its medical volunteers and cargo space for supplies.

Imam president Prof Datuk Dr Abd Rahim Mohamad said the organisation was grateful to receive Firefly's co-operation in the relief efforts.

"Today (yesterday), we sent three medical officers - two to Kota Baru and one to Kuala Terengganu - along with 200kg of emergency and medical supplies.

"As more volunteers and donation come in, we will rely heavily on Firefly's network to ensure aid reaches the victims in a timely manner," said Prof Dr Abd Rahim.