After 2 nights and gaining 2 kilos in Penang, it was time to return back to Singapore. The flight was scheduled to depart at 1220hrs and I checked in at 1100hrs. As mentioned, Penang airport was undergoing a major interior renovation. Not sure about the domestic side but for the International side, both land and airside are still seeing renovation works, with most of it airside. However as there were not many international departures, it did not pose much of a problem.
27 May 2012 Tiger Airways TR 2423 Penang(PEN) - Singapore(SIN) A320 9V-TAF Budget Class
Major upgrading works airside. The duty-free shops had to be shifted out to along the walkways!
The Tiger landed early! It was already taxiing to the gate just after I had passed security.
Approaching the gate. Second time flying on 9V-TAF this year! My previous flight on this aircraft was just 3 months back from Kuching to Singapore.
Some plane-spotting (not that there are many planes at the airport). FedEx A310F crossing the runway to the cargo ramp.
Air Asia A320, probably the most frequent visitor to Penang.
Wings Air ATR72 to Medan.
After the arriving passengers had disembarked, boarding was announced at 1140hrs, a full 40min before STD!! Was welcomed aboard the aircraft by another set of friendly Tiger crew again. This time, I was seated at 3F, towards the front of the plane. Back to the reality of budget legroom.
Air Asia beside, also departing to Singapore, and a MH B738 at the far end of the terminal.
Flight time was announced to be 1hr. All passengers were boarded by 1205hrs but due to sorting out of pax numbers, doors were only closed at 1210hrs. Total load, 159/180.
Pushback with engine startup and safety briefing.
Passing a UPS B763F.
MH B738 ahead of us.
Holding at Rwy04 for takeoff. Slight wait for takeoff clearance even though there were no planes landing.
Entering the mainland. A new bridge to Penang is currently being built.
After seatbelt signs were switched off, crew started the cabin service, first with the distribution of immigration forms, followed by buy-on-board snacks and drinks, and finally duty-free goods.
As for me, my inflight entertainment would be staring out of the window….
Soon, the pilot came on with the arrival announcement, just as we were over Malacca.
Some slight turbulence were encountered during descend.
Overflying Riau islands. Even though we landed from the north on Rwy20C, our flight was vectored south towards the Riau islands, making a loop up north towards Malaysia again before starting the approach into Changi. This approach pattern added about 5-10min into the flight time.
Entering Malaysia at Penggarang.
Landing into Rwy20C. Spot the 2 Scooties in the hangers!
Landed at 1330hrs, 20min ahead of schedule! Well done, Tiger! Only had a very short taxi to Changi Budget Terminal.
Parked at the gate, beside turbotiger which flew me up to Penang just a couple of days ago.
With this probably being my last arrival into Budget Terminal, more photos must be taken! Disembarking…
Tarmac of Budget Terminal.
Down the stairs.
And finally on the tarmac. No security today to stop me from taking photos!!
Last look of the tarmac area of Budget Terminal.
Along the hallway towards immigration.
The baggage sorting area.
Cebu Pacific just arrived before us.
The crowded arrival immigration hall. Luckily we were spared the extra security checks which the Cebu Pacific passengers had to go through.
The 3 baggage belts have served us well.
Out of the terminal, the shuttle bus pick-up point.
No more of the ridiculous parking charges at Budget Terminal soon…
Budget Terminal, soon going down in history.
Penang - PEN
Singapore - SIN
Another comfortable flight on Tiger.
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