Applications for air traffic rights down 74% in first half of 2020

Mavcom says there were two air traffic rights allocations for domestic destinations and 25 for international destinations from January to June.

KUALA LUMPUR: Applications for air traffic rights (ATR) in the first half of this year dropped 74.3% compared to the second half of 2019, the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) said.

Mavcom said it approved 27 ATR applications during the period, or 87.1% of the applications received.

“Two ATR allocations were for domestic destinations while the remaining 25 were for international destinations.

“Approvals for international routes comprised seven for destinations in China, one for Amsterdam, one for Auckland and the remaining 16 for other Asian destinations,” it said in a statement.

In terms of allocations by airports, it said, 20 ATRs were issued for flights originating from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), two from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB), and five from other Malaysian airports.

Of the 27 ATR approvals, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air received the highest number of approvals, totalling 14 ATRs, followed by AirAsia (six), AirAsia X (five), Raya Airways (one) and My Jet Xpress (one).

Mavcom said there were 39 ATRs approved before the first half of 2020 but were not utilised by the airlines. They were subsequently returned to the commission.

The highest number of unutilised ATRs was from AirAsia Group (17), followed by Malindo Air (15), Malaysia Airlines (five), Firefly (one) and Raya Airways (one).

To ease the airlines’ administrative challenges during the current pandemic, Mavcom had removed the condition which automatically revokes ATRs not utilised within six months from the date of issue, effective June 5.

It said this would allow Malaysian scheduled carriers to keep their current portfolio of ATRs for an indefinite period until further notice.

Mavcom’s Air Traffic Rights Report is released on a bi-annual basis.

Fake or not? Check our quick fake news buster here.