According to the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM). Applications for Air Traffic Rights (ATR) decreased year-to-year to 66.7 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
In its ATR report for Q3 2020, MAVCOM reported that only 12 ATR applications were received and accepted for this time, resulting in a 55.6% reduction compared to the first half of 2020, which is mainly due to the ongoing global crisis of COVID-19.
“Of the 12 ATR allocations, seven were for domestic destinations while the rest were for international destinations.
“Approvals for international routes include one for a destination in Japan, two for Hong Kong while the remaining two were for ASEAN destinations,” MAVCOM said.
The airport allocation breakdown included seven ATR allocations on flights originating in the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur, four from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, and one from the International Airport of Kuching.
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), backed up by Raya Airways (three ATRs), AirAsia Bhd (One ATRs), and Fly Firefly Sdn Bhd (One ATRs), has the largest number of approvals with seven ATRs.
In view of this pandemic, the Commission claimed that, if ATR was not used within six months after granting the airline approval, it decided to temporarily suspend the regulation that revoked ATR automatically.
The suspension, effective on 4 June, was taken up to relieve airline administrative challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow Malaysia's scheduled airlines to retain their current ATR portfolio indefinitely.
“The suspension, however, does not apply to ATRs that have been deemed expired and automatically revoked before June 4 and for routes that airlines have terminated on their own accord,” it added.
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