Govt establishes NACC to advise MoT on aviation policy

By LYDIA NATHAN / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

THE Ministry of Transport (MoT) has established the National Aviation Consultative Council (NACC) to advise the ministry on planning and policy making processes pertaining to the aviation industry.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke, who is also NACC chairman, said the council will become a platform to gather all stakeholders in the industry including airlines companies, airport operators and relevant agencies to work in a better and conducive environment.

“The establishment of NACC will allow the industry players to improve their operational efficiency and provide better services,” he said after chairing the inaugural NACC meeting in Putrajaya yesterday.

He said the first engagement session — involving 120 senior officers from government agencies and aviation players — had deliberated on the progress, challenges and direction of the industry being faced by the stakeholders.

As such, Loke said the council is expected to hold biannual meeting for that purpose.

“We have also formed three advisory councils under NACC. They will be chaired by leaders in the industry comprising airline firms, airport operators, ground handling operators, aviation associations and technical experts in the industry,” he added.

The three advisory councils chairmen are Malaysia Airlines Bhd group CEO Capt Izham Ismail (economic), former Department of Civil Aviation DG Datuk Kok Soo Chon (technical) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd acting group CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin (infrastructure).

“NACC will consider proposals made by the advisory councils before our routine meeting is held,” Loke said.

Prior to this, local media had reported on the unhealthy environment and communications among aviation industry corporations.

Subsequently, the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) had come out with a statement, saying they would work on a fair environment for all parties in the industry.

The Malaysian Reserve also reported that Mavcom would introduce the second series of the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code soon, which will prohibit airlines and airport operators from imposing unnecessary charges on passengers.

The charge includes the RM3 fee by AirAsia Group Bhd to passengers departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

“The proposed code is with the Attorney General’s Chambers. Once they approve it, then we will gazette it after consultation with MoT,” Mavcom executive chairman Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi said.

To that, Loke said together with Mavcom, the issue will also be addressed in the NACC engagement session, and that the law is expected to come into force next year.

“We plan to gazette the new consumer code within a year. However, the consultation among the stakeholders is still ongoing. It’s part of Mavcom’s jurisdiction and they are working on it,” he added.