KUALA LUMPUR: The absence of Rayani Air’s chief executive officer during the airline’s inquiry by the Department of Civil Aviation will not affect the regulator’s investigation.
“I think not. We have asked all the questions which we had prepared for the management of Rayani Air, and they replied to DCA,” said DCA director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
Azharuddin said that the DCA inquiry into the airline’s unilateral decision to temporarily halt operations without obtaining prior consent from the aviation authorities, which was done on May 12, saw representatives from the airline providing the regulator with the required information.
“We also had some questions for them. All replies and facts given to us we will analyse, and we will make our decision in due course,” Azharuddin said after attending a forum titled “Aviation Industry: The Way Forward” organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia International Business School.
Rayani Air chief executive officer Ravi Alagendrran was unable to attend the DCA inquiry due to health problems, where he is said to have fainted because of high blood pressure.
Azharuddin declined to provide an estimate on when DCA will make a decision.
“I don’t know yet. We are doing an analysis and we need to follow the existing laws and regulations on this matter.”
He said under the Civil Aviation Regulations 2016, DCA could ask Rayani Air to suspend its operations or it could withdraw the airline’s Air Operations Certificate (AOC).
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