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Malaysia to make efforts to help airlines

By Monday June 8th, 2009 No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Malaysia will offer rebate on aircraft landing fees, liberalize ASEAN’s air services and revise air traffic control procedures as efforts to help airlines.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced these efforts in a speech during the 65th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting which opened here on Monday.

“Malaysia has responded to the ‘mayday’ calls from airlines in these tumultuous times,” said Najib when he was announcing a 50 percent rebate on aircraft landing fees at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for the airlines operating into Malaysia, starting from April this year.

Meanwhile, Najib said Malaysia would fully liberalize air services within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2015 in line with the ASEAN Roadmap.

“Malaysia is also working closely with other ASEAN member countries to look into the possibility of a Single Aviation Market somewhat along the lines as in the EU,” Najib explained the liberal air policies.

Najib also mentioned that Malaysia was helping airlines to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions through revised air control procedures.

“The trial currently involves Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Singapore Airlines and will eventually be expanded to include other carriers,” Najib said.

In addition, Najib stressed that Malaysia was committed to working with the airline industry to reduce travel costs, improve efficiency and facilitation of passenger and freight movements at Malaysian airports.

Source : Xinhua

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