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Malaysia's Reinstatement To CAT1 By USA’s Federal Aviation Administration Increases Airport's Potential For Global Network Connectivity

The reinstatement of Malaysia's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating to Category 1 (Cat1) by the United States of America's (USA) Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) will strengthen Malaysia's position as an aviation hub and increase its network connectivity.

According to the Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood who is also part of the Malaysian delegation at the 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), “The Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT) and Civil Aviation Administration of Malaysia (CAAM) have put in massive efforts to ensure that Malaysia’s IASA Cat1 rating is reinstated. It is truly commendable considering that this was done while the national aviation industry is still dealing with the after affects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reinstatement will enhance global confidence in the quality of our air navigation services. From the airport’s perspective, this will help in our marketing efforts to attract more airlines to operate in Malaysia thus increasing the country’s network connectivity and hub potential.”

Dato’ Iskandar added that the airport operator will continue to provide critical support for the enhancement of air navigation services. He cited the on-going Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) integrated system initiative as one example. The A-CDM integrated system will integrate the operations of the airport, air traffic control, airlines, and ground handlers on a unified platform in order to improve air traffic operations through enhanced predictability of events and optimal utilisation of resources.