PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has hit back at the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), calling their rationale for the decision to reject the budget airline's application to add more flights as "grossly misleading".
On Wednesday (June 13), Mavcom said its decision to reject AirAsia's application for more flights to the Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan route and the Kuala Lumpur-Haikou route was done in the interests of airline customers.
Mavcom said it looks to facilitate orderly growth, competition and consumer choice over the long term, and the prevention of consumer inconvenience, in the allocation of air traffic rights (ATRs).
"Ill-effects of route overcapacity include heightened risks of unutilised seats, which in turn could lead to flight cancellations and merging of flights, which are detrimental to passenger convenience," Mavcom said.
In response, AirAsia said it was disingenuous for Mavcom to state that ATR allocations follow a process that takes into account airlines' views when it does not.
"AirAsia has provided feedback at all three meetings called by the commission on Nov 23, 2017, Feb 6, 2018 and May 2, 2018 to discuss the proposal to revise the ATR allocation process, as well as in three letters dated Jan 23, 2018, Feb 15, 2018 and May 7, 2018.