Providing a timeline of the developments, CAAS said that in 2014, it informed Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport and Firefly of the planned relocation of turboprop flights – which Firefly operates – from Changi to Seletar.
Firefly agreed to move, CAAS said.
As with any other relocation of an airline’s operation, Changi Airport Group (which also runs Seletar Airport) subsequently consulted Firefly on the timeline for the shift, the authority added.
In July 2018, Changi Airport Group (CAG) officially informed the airline that its flights would be relocated to Seletar Airport on Dec 1. Firefly agreed.
“However, on Nov 14, 2018, Firefly informed CAG that it was unable to obtain approval from its regulator, CAAM, to operate into Seletar Airport,” CAAS said.
Singapore has made all preparations and approved all applications by Firefly to operate its flights to/from Seletar Airport, the authority said.
It reiterated that the airport meets the relevant requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation on airport design and operations.
The new terminal at Seletar started operating on Nov 19 and is now handling chartered business flights and private jets.
Firefly, the only airline that currently operates turboprop flights to Singapore, offers 20 daily flights, to and from Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan.
Its decision to suspend flights to Singapore is expected to affect more than 12,000 people who have confirmed bookings on Firefly flights from Dec 1.