Transport Minister, Dr Wee Ka Siong, said that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia has regained a Category 1 air- safety rating.

At a press conference in Montreal, Canada, the Transport Minister said that the matter was something to be celebrated as it has been nearly three years since the Malaysian Regulator was demoted to Category 2. The Ministry of Transport and the CAAM worked hard to get the global standing back. The US FAA listed Malaysia as a Category 2 nation before this.

“We are very pleased to share that today, FAA has officially announced that Malaysia has regained Category 1 of the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating. For this extremely proud achievement, I applaud everyone at CAAM for their tireless effort and commitment to this success.”

Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong

According to Minister Wee, a Category 1 air safety rating means Malaysia's civil aviation authority complies with safety standards. Malaysia will be able to add flights and open new routes to the US as a result of regaining Category 1.

“With an IASA Category 1 rating, a country’s air carriers can establish service to the US and carry the code of US carriers. To maintain that rating, a country must adhere to the ICAO safety standards.

Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong

A Category 2 rating means the country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more aspects.

FAA Findings and Resolving

The Malaysian authority needed to address 58 findings according to the FAA assessment, and CAAM was able to resolve 25 of them in a short period of time.

Malaysia's air safety rating was restored after all the issues were resolved. In just six months, the CAAM was able to resolve 29 of the issues picked up by the FAA in the second assessment in December of last year.

The Transport Minister, Dr Wee Ka Siong, said that all corrective action plans were closed by the end of July this year.

The past two years have been crucial for CAAM as the whole organization was restructured while various efforts were carried out to strengthen its workforce, documentation and develop comprehensive training policy for the inspectors.

The Malaysian Airlines Group applauded the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia for restoring the country's air- safety ranking to Category 1 by the US FAA.

“MAG is pleased to be able to support CAAM by being part of a Task Force that was formed to identify root causes, corrective action plans, and corrective measures in response to the downgrade in 2019.”

Malaysian Airlines Group

CAAM under the leadership of Captain Chester Voo and the rest of the management team will make significant contributions to the development of civil aviation's safety and security in Malaysia.

The reinstatement of the Category 1 will open more opportunities for long-haul network plans in the United States, according to the AirAsia Aviation Group.

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