Azmin: US aviation listing won't affect MAS

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent listing of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) as a Category 2 aviation regulator by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) will not have a major impact on Malaysia Airlines Bhd, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pic).

"Currently there is no significant impact as we are not allowed to get additional slots into the United States.

"The current slots, flights arrangements and destinations are still there and they are not taken away. I don't think there will be a major impact," said Economic Affairs Minister when met at Parliament lobby on Tuesday (Nov 12).

Azmin said that although the listing by the FAA is a serious matter, which is being looked into, the issue was one more of perception.

"The issue here is about perception because the concerns of the US authorities is against the airline regulator and not against the airlines.

"But now the perception is as if it would have a major impact on Malaysia Airlines and other airlines flying out of the country.

"We need to correct this perception that this is about the regulators who need to address the issues raised by the authorities (FAA)," he said.

Azmin was asked to comment if the FAA listing would have an impact on Malaysia Airlines.

The listing of CAAM as a Category 2 Aviation Regulator by the FAA came into effect on Monday (Nov 11) following a review conducted in April this year.

The effect of the listing meant that airlines licensed by CAAM would not be able to add new routes to and from the United States.

In a statement issued on Monday night, CAAM chairman Captain Ahmad Ridzwan Mohd Salleh acknowledged that there were "shortcomings" in its performance as an aviation regulator, but stressed that plans are underway to address the findings of FAA's audit.

CAAM said it hopes that the FAA will review its decision within the next 12 months.

"The chief executive officer of CAAM has tendered his resignation on Nov 1 and in the interim, an executive committee of the board has been established to oversee CAAM's operations," the statement read.

Ahmad Ridzwan added that the Transport Ministry has been informed of these internal developments.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the government would take the necessary corrective measures if there is anything wrong with Malaysia's civil aviation authority.

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