PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) will be allowing airlines to retain their current portfolio of air traffic rights (ATR) without the risk of expiry, in line with the commission’s ongoing efforts to support the needs of aviation players during the pandemic.
In a statement, Mavcom said it is easing the condition that automatically revokes unutilised ATRs within six months from the date of the ATR approval.
“This flexibility has been in effect since June 5, 2020 and was implemented to facilitate the administrative and regulatory challenges of airlines, as well as to enable them to keep their current ATR portfolio active.”
For the second-quarter period spanning April 1 to June 30, 2021, Mavcom said it had approved all ATR applications.
“A total of 10 ATR applications were received and of this, five ATR allocations were for international routes while the remaining five were for domestic routes.
“ATR applications in the second quarter of the year saw a 58.3% drop from the first quarter of 2021, as well as a 11% reduction compared with the previous corresponding period.”
Of the 10 ATR approvals during the second-quarter period, Mavcom said MyJet Xpress Airlines Sdn Bhd received the highest number of approvals, totalling seven ATRs.
“AirAsia X, Malindo Airways and World Cargo Airline followed with one ATR approval each.
“World Cargo Airline converted their air service permit (ASP) to air service licence (ASL) from April 1, 2021 and is the latest ASL holder for the cargo segment. ASP applies to unscheduled journeys while ASL applies to journeys with a fixed schedule.”
In the statement, Mavcom executive chairman Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim said the commission is committed to finding ways to assist industry players during challenging times, so that they can survive the global pandemic and focus on continuing full services in the near future.
“Apart from the ATR expiry flexibility, we also extended the moratorium on the enforcement of the quality of service framework as well as the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code 2016.
“At the same time, we are encouraged by the continued healthy growth shown by the cargo segment. This promising development illustrates the sector’s endurance levels and its ability to bounce back. It serves as an encouragement for brighter skies ahead, ” he said.