Tuesday, November 07, 2017

AirAsia questions Mavcom over Bangalore flight slots

Kuala Lumpur:  AirAsia Bhd failed to get two additional flight slots — which would have given it 360 extra seats — for its Bangalore, India, route, according to its executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who is questioning why the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) gave the slots to Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd instead.

“We fly four times a week to Bangalore, so we could use the two additional slots to strengthen our position and make it six times a week, but you (Mavcom) gave it to another carrier (Malindo Air), who is not flying there (Bangalore) anyway. [There’s] no commercial sense,” he told the media after the launch of AirAsia X Bhd’s (AAX) direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur, India, yesterday.

Mavcom, in an email response to The Edge Financial Daily, said it allocates the flight slots or air traffic rights (ATRs) based on criteria set out under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015, with key considerations including the effect on consumers, the industry and public interests.

The allocation also follows a process which has been discussed and agreed upon by all Malaysian carriers, it said.
07/11/17 The Edge Markets