by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
THE Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has approved 37 air traffic rights (ATRs) or 94.8% of all domestic civil aviation sector applications for the Oct 1 to Dec 31 period in 2019 (4Q19).
Of the 37 approved ATRs, 12 were for domestic routes, while the remaining 25 were for international routes, comprising 15 ATRs for Asean destinations — five to China, three for destinations located in the Middle East and two for other Asian countries.
In a statement yesterday, Mavcom said 21 rights were issued for flights originating from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and three were for flights from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, while the remaining 13 were from other Malaysian airports.
Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd received the highest number of ATR approvals with 15, while AirAsia Group Bhd and Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) followed with ten and seven allocations respectively for the final quarter of last year.
Throughout the year, the commission approved 100% or 53 applications for ATRs during 1Q, followed by the approval of 51 ATRs in 2Q and 31 allocations in 3Q, also representing all of the applications.
Mavcom has approved 98.9% of the 175 applications it received, whereby 60 were for domestic destinations, 60 for Asean destinations, 26 for China and the remaining 27 for other Asian locations and Australia.
Among the airlines, AirAsia received the highest number of allocations at 75.
About 27 ATRs that were approved before the final quarter and not utilised by the respective airlines were returned to Mavcom during the quarter.
The highest number of unutilised ATRs came from AirAsia with 16, while MAB held six.
An additional five applications were also voluntarily withdrawn during the period by the airlines, of which two were from AirAsia and three from MAB.