KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) is seeing healthy growth in the cargo segment, given the accelerated and increased demand for logistics needs, says executive chairman Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim.
“This demonstrates the agility and resilience of the aviation sector in overcoming the pandemic. In view of the Covid-19 impact, the commission recognises and continues to analyse the challenges faced by airlines.
“We are pleased to note that the eased condition provided to airlines is able support the continued recovery of the sector as it gradually prepares for resumption of full services in the future, ” Saripuddin said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 24 air traffic rights (ATR) applications from airlines in the first quarter of 2021 recorded a 100% approval rate from the commission.
Of this, 21 ATR allocations were for international routes while the remaining three were for domestic routes.
MyJet Xpress Airlines Sdn Bhd received half of the approvals, totalling 12 ATRs.
Malaysia Airlines Bhd, AirAsia Group and Raya Airways Sdn Bhd followed with six, four and two ATR approvals, respectively.
On a quarter-on-quarter basis, ATR applications dropped 51.7% compared with the 43 ATR applications in the final quarter of 2020.
On a year-on-year basis, ATR applications dropped 33.33% compared with 18 ATR applications a year earlier.
The first-quarter ATR report also noted that this marked the second consecutive quarter without any expiration of ATRs due to the implementation of measures by the commission to ease challenges faced by the airlines during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mavcom had eased a condition which automatically revokes unutilised ATRs within six months from the date of the ATR approval, effective June 5,2020.
The easing of the condition was implemented to facilitate the airlines’ administrative and regulatory challenges and enabled them to keep their current ATR portfolio active.
However, this does not apply to ATRs that have been deemed expired and automatically revoked, as well as ATRs for routes that airlines have wilfully terminated on their own accord.