AVIATION: Melaka Air can fly only after it obtains mandatory licences
We refer to the report "A milestone for humble airfield" (NST, Nov 10, 2011).
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) learned from the article about the launching of Melaka Air's maiden flight from Melaka International Airport (MIA) to Medan, Indonesia, on Nov 11 at 11.11am.
It was also learnt that Melaka Air would use ATR-72 aircraft lent from Firefly at a cost of RM570,000.
It is a law that any airline company wishing to operate non-scheduled air services shall have an air services permit (ASP), or an air services licence (ASL), for scheduled air services, and granted with an air operator's certificate (AOC).
In the case of Melaka Air, the company was advised early this year to apply for an ASP or ASL and, thereafter, would be technically audited for AOC.
To date, the department has yet to receive the application.
Learning about the launch of Melaka Air by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam on the said date, the department had called the representatives of the company for a discussion on Nov 1.
It was decided that Melaka Air would not launch its operations.
However, Melaka Air was allowed to launch only its branding and the company may announce itself as an upcoming airline operator, which would be subject to its ability to obtain ASP, ASL and AOC.