No new US routes until aviation weaknesses resolved, Dewan Rakyat told

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong.

KUALA LUMPUR: A task force is currently reviewing three aspects of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia’s (CAAM) standards after it failed to meet international safety measures, Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said today.

He said the task force set up in November last year would help identify licensing, air ordinance and flight operation weaknesses.

Wee said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had visited in April and again in July last year where 55 weaknesses were identified, 20 of which were solved.

He added that the task force is monitoring the situation to ensure CAAM can be upgraded again to Category 1.

Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) had asked why CAAM was downgraded from Category 1 to 2, causing local airlines to lose access to new routes and coach-sharing in the US.

Malaysia’s air safety rating was downgraded to Category 2 in November 2019 after the FAA’s audit found that the local aviation industry did not meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization.