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IATA calls for more urgency in addressing aviation infrastructure needs

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for governments all across to globe to exhibit more urgency in properly addressing aviation infrastructure concerns. IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac stressed that governments should collaborate with aviation industry players to plan and execute the building of infrastructure to make sure their economies benefit from the burgeoning global air transport industry. “There is no time to lose. Governments are …

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AirAsia raises questions over Malaysia’s decision to give flight slots to Malindo Airways

AirAsia Bhd was unsuccessful in its bid to nab two additional flight slots for its Bangalore, India, route, said its Executive Chairman, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who is probing why the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) awarded 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, …

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Malaysia negotiating with India and China for more air routes

Malaysia is in discussions with India and China for potential addition of new air routes that would aid its tourist market, according to Malaysian Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. According to Liow, the talks were vital especially considering India and China’s roles as main drivers of Asia’s aviation industry. This in turn, could help turn the KL International Airport (KLIA) into an Asean hub. The Transport Ministry is …

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Malaysian Aviation Commission seeks bill to collect charges from passengers at airports

The Malaysian government has tabled a Malaysian Aviation Commission amendment that seeks to impose and collect charges from passengers at airports in Malaysia. The move is seen as a vital measure that would guarantee that the commission would have ample resources to protect the rights and interests of consumers, and the development of the aviation industry in the country. The proposed provision aims to allow the commission to impose a …

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AirAsia seeks to merge its businesses in spite of regulatory hurdles

Malaysia-based carrier AirAsia is gearing up to consolidate its Southeast Asian businesses with the ultimate goal of going public with a new holding company. The low-cost airline is seeking to tie down its business under one roof in Malaysia. As it is, AirAsia has units in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as other non-Southeast Asian countries. AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes made the announcement at a time …

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Malaysia and Bahrain secure aviation ties with Air Services Agreement

Ties between Malaysia and Bahrain became even more solidified with the signing of several agreements in conjunction with King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa’s state visit. One of those agreements was an Air Services Agreement that was signed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Ahmed Mohamed Al Khalifa. King Hamad and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak witnessed the signing at Seri …

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AirAsia Group CEO supports Gulf carriers in Open Skies debate

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes offered his support to Emirates and emphasized that Gulf carriers should be allowed to flourish from Open Skies agreements, and not be hindered by protectionist measures. Speaking to Emirates Group President of Group Services Gary Chapman at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok, Fernandes admitted being a fan of Open Skies and said that his own airlines was set to fly …

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Malaysia, India agree to new Air Services Agreement after 50 years

The recent six-day visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to India saw the signing of a new Air Services Agreement (ASA) which would give Malaysia an additional 2,000 seats on flights to India every week. The ASA is the first to be signed between the two countries in half a century with the last one being signed back in 1967. The new ASA will bring the number of …

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AirAsia asks Indian government for exemption from aviation ruling for international operations

The AirAsia Group has requested the Indian government to grant their AirAsia India an exception from India’s regulation that requires them to have at least 20 aircrafts in order to operate international flights. India’s Ministry for External Affairs (MEA) revealed that the Malaysia-based carrier has asked for the exception to begin their international flights at the soonest possible time. “Carriers will be able to fulfill the gaps and increase connectivity …

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Indian Cabinet agrees to revised Air Services Agreements with Malaysia and Serbia

India can look ahead to improved air connectivity with Malaysia and Serbia after its Cabinet approved revisions to the Air Services Agreements (ASAs) it has with the aforementioned countries. The changes were made in accordance with the latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template and take into consideration the latest developments in the civil aviation sector. India’s ASA with Malaysia was established back in 1974 and was initialed in 2011. …

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