AirAsia is the largest winner of the new attribution of traffic rights by the Malaysian Aviation Authority MAVCOM. The low cost carrier has been granted five new routes including two exclusive ones to unserved Indonesian destinations. Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air were also cleared to add new frequencies.
The Malaysian Aviation Commission MAVCOM is attributing every quarter new routes or additional frequencies to Malaysian carriers, that they will able to use or not to use. From August onward, the latest round of attributed routes give the largest number to low cost carrier AirAsia. The airline will be able to start flights linking Kuala Lumpur to Guangzhou once a day, Sibu to Singapore three times a week as well as Penang to Kuala Terengganu three times a week.
The carrier will also be able to launch four weekly services linking Kuala Lumpur to Jambi and Tanjung Pandan, both being located in Sumatra. Tanjung Pandan is the largest city of Belitung island in Bangka Belitung Province. Like Jambi (Southern Sumatra, Jambi Province), both destinations have no international connections. Both services could start in December.
AirAsia received also additional traffic rights for a daily service on Kota Kinabalu-Tawau in Sabah and on Kuching-Sibu in Sarawak. Other extra services have been given to Malindo Air with another daily service between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, planned from September while Malaysia Airlines will be able to add an additional weekly frequency to Auckland in New Zealand from October as well as an extra thrice-weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, also starting in coming October.
Traffic rights on nine domestic and international routes were also returned in July, although MAVCOM did not specify operators whose traffic rights were given back. The unused traffic rights covered three routes to China, two routes to Nepal, one route each to Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam as well as one domestic route.