by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by TMR FILE
THE Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has approved 31 air traffic rights (ATRs) or 100% of all domestic civil aviation sector applications for the July 1 to Sept 30 period this year (3Q19).
Of the 31 applications, 51.6% or 16 were from the AirAsia Group Bhd, making it the highest recipient of ATR approvals, Mavcom said in its third quarterly ATR report released yesterday.
Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd (Malindo Air) and Malaysia Airlines Bhd followed with eight and five allocations respectively for the period.
38.7% or 12 of the ATR applications were for domestic routes, while 61.3% or 19 were for international routes, which included 10 ATRs for routes to Asean destinations, five for destinations in China, three for other Asian destinations and Australia, and one for a destination in India.
In terms of airports, 14 ATRs were issued for flights originating from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, three from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and the remaining 14 ATRs were from other Malaysian airports.
Subsequently, 19 of the previously approved ATRs that were not utilised by the respective airlines were returned to Mavcom during 3Q19. Eight unused ATRs were from AirAsia and seven from Malindo Air, while an additional four applications were voluntarily withdrawn by the airlines.
For the year-to-date, Mavcom has approved 100% of 135 applications received, represented by 48 domestic ATRs, 45 for Asean destinations, 21 for destinations in China and the remaining 21 for other Asian destinations and Australia.
AirAsia has also received the highest number of allocations for the past nine months with 64 ATRs, Mavcom said.