JetStar to invest US$500m in Singapore hub, adds aircraft

Travel News July 15th, 2011

SINGAPORE July 15 — Budget airline JetStar, a unit of Qantas , plans to invest US$500 million (RM1.5 billion) at its Singapore hub, partly by adding 7 aircraft, its chief executive Bruce Buchanan said today.

The carrier said in a statement that it will put 5 new Airbus A320 single aisle aircraft and an additional 2 wide-body Airbus A330 planes at the Singapore operation to support its expansion. — Reuters

P/S: Great news as travelling will become cheaper as the Low Cost Airline are competing among themselves.Horayy!!

KL to Ipoh in less than 2 hours with KTMB new train service

Travel News January 15th, 2010

кухненски столовеKUALA LUMPUR: Come April, rail travelling time between here and Ipoh will be cut by about an hour.
Commuters will be able to reach their destination in one hour and 55 minutes compared with two hours and 50 minutes now.

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This is because KTM Bhd’s electric train services (ETS) are scheduled to start operations then with five sets of six-car trains. The ETS will also ply the Ipoh-Seremban route in less than three hours.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, who received the first ETS set yesterday, said commuters could look forward to having comfort, quality and efficiency while travelling on the two routes.

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Although the fares would be slightly higher, he said the 350-seat electric train would have better facilities.

Genting’s Singapore resort hotels to open Jan 20

Travel News January 5th, 2010

GentingResorts-Jan5SINGAPORE, Jan 5 — Genting Singapore said today it will open the first part of its US$4.4 billion (RM14.9 billion) casino-resort in the city-state on Jan 20, beginning with four hotels.

“Resorts World Sentosa is working closely with the authorities to obtain approvals for Universal Studios Singapore, which will open next,” the company said in a statement.

Genting Singapore, a unit of Malaysia’s Genting Bhd, said it will announce the start date for the casino when it receives the licence from Singapore authorities.

Singapore legalised casino gambling in 2005 and said it will allow two casino-resorts to be built as part of ambitious plans to double visitor arrivals to 17 million by 2015.

The city-state’s other casino-resort, Las Vegas Sands’ US$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands, is scheduled to begin its phased opening in April, although many analysts doubt if the firm can meet the target date.

Casino operators in Singapore will pay an effective tax of around 12 per cent on net revenue from gamblers, giving them an incentive to draw Asian high rollers away from Macau where the tax is just under 40 per ent.

Genting declined to provide estimated start dates for its Singapore casino or Universal Studios theme park, Southeast Asia’s first, although a spokesman said testing and commissioning of the various rides had started in early November.

A spokeswoman for Singapore’s Casino Regulatory Authority said Genting made an initial submission for a casino licence in October 2009 and the completed application package was received in December. Singapore casino laws are based on regulations in the United States and Australia.

Such applications typically take more than three months to process as they involve vetting casino owners and managers, casino industry officials have said. — Reuters

Travel Malaysia fair sees record turnout

Travel News October 23rd, 2009

SINGAPORE, Oct 23 — More than 50,000 people packed the three-day Travel Malaysia fair at Suntec City last weekend, snapping up travel and holiday deals worth more than S$5 million (RM12 million).

The record turnout and sales, about 30 per cent higher than last year, gave a welcome boost to the Express Bus Agencies Association (EBAA) which organised the event jointly with Tourism Malaysia.

Companies operating cross-border express coach services have seen their business slashed by as much as 30 per cent since low-cost carriers like AirAsia and Jetstar Asia started flying between Singapore and Malaysia in February last year.

From just one route and 56 to-and-fro services a week, low-cost carriers now operate more than 450 flights between Singapore and destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Langkawi, Penang, Ipoh, and Kuala Terengganu.

Just this week, the two governments announced the all-clear for air routes between Singapore and Labuan and Sibu islands, as well as the towns of Alor Star, Kota Baru, Kerteh and Bintulu.

Sebastian Yap, executive director of Transtar express coach company and chairman of the sub-committee that oversees events promotion and terminal operations at the EBAA, said the overwhelming response to the travel fair was a shot in the arm for land-based travel services.

The company, which launched its Transtar Classic service at the fair, offered 9,900 one-way Singapore-Kuala Lumpur tickets at S$9 each, and has already sold 85 per cent of the seats, Yap said.

Unlike its high-end buses that come with just 18 reclining seats and individual entertainment screens, Transtar Classic, which takes to the roads next month, has 61 seats and eight shared screens.

One-way bus tickets usually cost anything from about S$20 to more than S$60 each, depending on the level of services on board. All-inclusive air tickets, when on offer, can cost about the same.

Despite the competition, coach operators are not worried about being squeezed out of the market.

While flying to Kuala Lumpur, for example, may take just 45 minutes compared with about five hours by bus, some travellers like Richard Ee, 57, a regional manager in a construction company, still prefers taking a coach. That is because there is no waiting at the airport and buses take people straight to their hotels in the city, said Ee, who has experienced several delays on budget airlines.

The economic slowdown, which has made Malaysia a more popular destination for Singapore travellers keeping an eye on their wallets, has also increased the pie for all, said a spokesman for the Tourism Malaysia office here.

In September, Malaysia saw more than 1.1 million visitors from Singapore — a 35.5 per cent leap over the same month last year. This comes to about 9.4 million visitors from Singapore in the first nine months of the year — about 16 per cent higher than the arrivals last year.

To cash in on the traffic, more than 100 companies from Malaysia, including hotels and travel agents, took part in the travel fair. — Straits Times

Jetstar doubles flights from Singapore to Penang

Travel News October 10th, 2009

Jetstar Asia recently doubled the frequency of its Singapore-Penang flights to twice a day.

The route was launched on July 1 and marked the 17th destination for the low-cost airline that serves four Malaysian cities – Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Penang.

“The Jetstar service on the Singapore-Penang route will expand to double daily or 14 times weekly,” said Jetstar Asia chief executive officer Chong Phit Lian in a media statement.

“This service will create real low-fare access for Singaporeans and the growing number of passengers travelling through Singapore on the Jetstar and Qantas (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Jetstar Group) network.

“Malaysia is a vital player in Jetstar’s growing Pan Asian network and we are thrilled to begin our new daily service to the historic city of Penang,” she added. – The Star