Malaysia’s Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali had earlier stated that the meeting between the Transport Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore is likely to be held on 24th January. The meeting has been arranged in order to talk on the airspace over Pasir Gudang, Johor. Azmin made this announcement during his recent visit to Singapore for a bilateral visit to the republic.
Malaysia on 8th January, admitted to debar the restricted area of the airspace over Pasir Gudang; whereas Singapore would also cease its execution of Instrument Landing System (ILS) system for Seletar Airport.
While in Singapore, Mohamed Azmin met three Singapore ministers which included Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. During the discussion with Singaporean ministers, Mohamed Azmin stated that Khaw had come up with many aspects and arguments concerning the airspace.
Azmin informed an agency that he will put these data in front of Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke. Moreover, he is hopeful that that meeting of the ministers would be a good one in order to solve the issue and help both countries to get benefitted economically.
Azmin stated that the other point that was discussed in addition to the airspace over Pasir Gudang, Mohamed Azmin stated that there is enough room and space for Firefly to acquire more flight slots via Seletar Airport. He added that Singapore salutes the positive approach to allow Firefly to gain more openings but the ILS issue must be sorted out first to house the needs of Firefly.
According to Azmin, this was the best chance for Firefly to widen its flight destinations to smaller towns. This would yield economic opportunities to both nations to strengthen the tourism industry.
Firefly halted flight operations to Singapore from 1st Dec, 2018 as it did not have authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to head to Seletar Airport from Changi Airport.
Apart from matters related to Firefly, the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project between Woodlands and Johor Bahru was also brought forward by Singapore’s Transport Minister during the meeting with Azmin.
Azmin stated that during the meeting all relevant issues would be discussed.