Seven Malaysian carriers have joined forces to form the Association of Malaysian Air Carriers (AMAC), in the wake of a sudden 10-fold hike in operator fees by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) proposed earlier this week.
If approved by the respective airline boards and the Registrar of Societies, the founding airlines of AMAC will comprise Malaysia Airlines, MASwings, Firefly, AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malindo Air and Berjaya Air. Membership is open to all Malaysian air carriers.
According to a joint statement released by the airlines, the purpose of AMAC is to provide a common platform for discussion of issues affecting the aviation industry.
With all the main operators represented, the association also hopes to provide a singular voice for the airlines while at the same time represent common industry interests among institutions such as the Ministry of Transport, DCA and the Malaysian Aviation Commission.
The statement further adds that AMAC will engage in subjects such as enhanced air traffic control services, aeropolitical concerns, safety and security standards in airports and other related issues.
It concludes that by joining forces, the airlines will be in a better position to promote growth for the industry and to create jobs for the sector and for the broader aviation ecosystem.