Aviation Stakeholders Positive on Cat1 Rating Restoration, See Better Prospects

KUALA LUMPUR: Aviation industry stakeholders have applauded the reversion of Malaysia’s International Aviation Safety Classification (IASA) to Category 1 (Cat1) by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In a statement released today, the airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), said the Cat1 classification would strengthen Malaysia’s position as an aviation hub and increase the connectivity of the country network.

Chief Executive Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said the Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT) and Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) have been working hard to ensure Malaysia’s IASA Cat1 classification is restored. .

He said the higher rating would help MAHB’s marketing efforts to attract more airlines to operate in Malaysia, thereby increasing network connectivity and the country’s hub potential.

“It is truly commendable given that it was done while the domestic aviation industry is still grappling with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The restoration will boost global confidence in the quality of our air navigation services,” he said.

In a separate statement, AirAsia Aviation Group Ltd Group Chief Executive Bo Lingam said the reintegration should open up more opportunities for the low-cost airline’s future medium to long-haul network plans, especially to the United States and other Asian countries including Japan and Korea as they would grant relevant regulatory approvals based on FAA standards.

“After an industry reset following the pandemic, this announcement could not have come at a better time as demand for travel increases.

“The Category 1 security clearance will not only allow us to expand our future network plans, but also stabilize the country’s aviation industry as a whole,” he said.

He added that winning back the category also bodes well for the group’s burgeoning maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary, Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), as it would bolster its service for airlines. regional and potentially other international airlines.

AirAsia X is currently the only airline in the group that operates directly to the United States, serving Honolulu, Hawaii, via Osaka, Japan.-Bernama

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