KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 21): Air Traffic Rights (ATR) applications for the period of Oct 1 to Dec 31, 2020 (4Q20) jumped 233% quarter-on-quarter, said the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom).
Mavcom said the increase was due to increased applications for scheduled air cargo services and new domestic routings.
In a statement today, Mavcom said it approved 93% of the 43 ATR applications received from airlines in the final quarter of 2020.
It said of the 40 ATR approvals for 4Q20, 26 allocations were for domestic destinations and 14 were for international destinations — four for destinations in China, two for destinations in Europe, two destinations in India and the remaining six for other Asian destinations.
Mavcom said in terms of allocations by airports, 17 ATR were issued for flights originating from KL International Airport, six from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, five from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 12 from other Malaysian airports.
In terms of airlines, Malaysia Airlines Bhd received the highest number of approvals totalling 11 ATR, while AirAsia Group received the second highest number of approvals of 10 ATRs.
MyJet Xpress Airlines Sdn Bhd, Raya Airways Sdn Bhd and Fly Firefly Sdn Bhd followed with nine, six and four ATR allocations respectively.
Mavcom executive chairman Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim said while the path to recovery for the aviation sector will be a long one, there were already pockets of growth in the cargo segment.
He said the cargo segment has been growing in tandem with logistics needs and the commission is seeing local players adapting to this new need.
“As the economic regulator for the civil aviation industry, the commission recognises the difficulties faced by airlines resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and is conscious of the need to facilitate airlines as they endeavour to resume full services.
“Hence, effective June 4, 2020, Mavcom had temporarily relaxed a condition of the ATR which automatically revokes unutilised ATR within six months from the date of the ATR approval,” he said.
Saripuddin said this is to alleviate the administrative challenges faced by airlines and allow scheduled airlines to keep their current ATR portfolio active.
As a result, he said no ATR had expired between Oct 1 to Dec 31, 2020.