Mavcom approves 30 commercial ground-handling licences

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR

THE Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has selected 30 companies to provide ground-handling services in Malaysia, which include check-in counter services, baggage handling, catering, ramp handling and refuelling services.

Among the companies approved by the commission to perform ground-handling services on a commercial basis at specific airports are Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd, Petron Malaysia Refining and Marketing Bhd, MAS Awana Services Sdn Bhd, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd and 24 others.

All the selected companies are required to have technical approval from the Department of Civil Aviation in order to provide ground-handling services, Mavcom said in a statement yesterday.

“The aviation industry is advised to take note of this list in their engagements with ground-handling service providers,” it said.

Since the establishment of Mavcom, companies are required to obtain a ground-handling licence from the commission to provide the ground-handling services on a commercial basis in Malaysia.

“As an independent regulator for the aviation industry overseeing commercial and economic matters, Mavcom places equal importance not only on ensuring high standards by airports and airlines, but also other relevant entities involved in the industry,” said Mavcom executive chairman Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad.

“Ground-handling services are highly integral to any travel experience, and companies offering such services must be able to meet the necessary requirements in order to operate,” Abdullah added.

He said the stringent steps taken by the commission would ultimately safeguard consumers and it would continue to elevate the nation’s competitiveness in terms of aviation within the region.

Any person or entity operating as a ground-handler without the necessary licence from Mavcom would be committing an offence, and on conviction would be liable to a fine not exceeding RM1 mil- lion, or to an imprisonment of a term not exceeding three years or both, the statement added.