Strong recovery for domestic aviation sector in 4Q21

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic by TMR FILE

THE Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) approved 82 air traffic rights (ATR) applications, which represents a 98.8% approval rate, according to its report for the fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21).

For 4Q21, the commission approved 27 from 28 ATR applications with a 33.3% increase in application and 28.6% increase in approvals compared to 3Q21.

Of the 28 ATR applications, 17 were for domestic routes which were more than double the increase from 3Q21 where only seven applications were submitted.

The report states that this increase was contributed by the reopening of interstate borders in October 2021.

Concurrently, this increased the demand for domestic holiday travel where an uptrend was seen in trips to Langkawi, Johor Baru, Penang and Kota Baru.

Mavcom executive chairman Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim (picture) said the increase in ATR applications for domestic routes in 4Q21 showed encouraging signs of recovery within the domestic segment.

“This promising development illustrates the sector’s resilience and its ability to bounce back post-pandemic.

“We hope that this continues as air travellers are highly encouraged to pre-plan their flights for festive periods well in advance to avoid crowds and high-ticket prices,” he said in a statement yesterday.

On the other hand, the air cargo segment showed a continued and sustained growth with 13 ATR applications and is expected to grow by between 3.9% and 6.7% year-on-year in 2022, between 20.8 billion and 21.6 billion in freight tonne kilometres.

The growth was attributed to new cargo Air Service Licence holders, namely World Cargo Airline Sdn Bhd and M Jets International Sdn Bhd, which received nine ATRs for 4Q21.

In brief, the ATR allocations for 4Q21 included six each for Malaysia Airlines Bhd and World Cargo Airline, five for AirAsia Bhd, three for M Jets International, two for AirAsia X Bhd, FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd and Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd respectively, and one for MyJet Express Airlines Sdn Bhd.