Singapore withdraws controversial Seletar Airport procedure

The Seletar Airport in Singapore. Firefly is expected to resume flights to Singapore this month.

PETALING JAYA: Singapore has agreed to withdraw the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport.

In turn, Malaysia will indefinitely suspend its permanent Restricted Area (RA) over Pasir Gudang.

With this agreement, both countries expect FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd to commence flights to Seletar Airport as soon as possible.

This agreement was implemented by the civil aviation authorities of both countries from yesterday, Transport Minister Anthony Loke and Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a joint statement today.

The ministers said a high-level committee had been set up to review the “Operational Letter of Agreement” between the Kuala Lumpur and Singapore area control centres concerning the Singapore Arrivals, Departures and Overflights 1974 regulations.

The Straits Times said under the agreement, Singapore air traffic controllers currently manage airspace over southern Johor.

Malaysia has said it wants to reclaim the rights back, citing national and sovereign interests.

The daily expects the Firefly flights to resume in the week of April 22.

The statement said both transport ministers were looking forward to further strengthening bilateral cooperation.

The Singapore-Malaysia disagreement over Seletar was exposed when Firefly said it would not move to the new Seletar Airport passenger terminal on Dec 1 from Changi Airport.

Malaysia claimed the ILS would restrict development of Pasir Gudang town because of building height restrictions due to its proximity with Seletar Airport.

This agreement on Seletar comes ahead of the annual meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya on Monday and Tuesday.