MAVCOM Investigates Airlines for Indiscriminate Flight Rescheduling
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 May 2022: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has received multiple complaints pertaining to airlines making indiscriminate changes to flight schedules without adequate notice provided to consumers.
In line with MAVCOM’s mandate to uphold the rights of consumers, the Commission has directed the airlines to submit all relevant data regarding flight schedule disruptions over the festive period from 29 April to 9 May 2022 to gain an objective, accurate and comprehensive view of the situation, including actual scheduled flights versus the total number of rescheduled flights by all airlines that have occurred during the said festive period.
Introduced in 2016 and further strengthened in 2019, the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code (MACPC) acts as a reference point to protect the interests of air travel consumers. Under the MACPC, airlines are required to communicate any change in flight status to consumers as soon as practicable. For delays of 2 hours or more, the operating airline must provide care including meals, telephone calls and internet access. In addition, for delays of 5 hours or more, the airline should provide accommodation, and transport, if a stay becomes necessary. If the timing of the rescheduled flight does not meet the consumer’s purpose of travel, a refund of the flight ticket should also be made by the airline.
Datuk Seri Hj. Saripuddin Hj. Kasim, Executive Chairman, Malaysian Aviation Commission, said, “Consumers who have faced delays or flight issues and did not receive the proper care are asked to lodge a formal complaint with the airline in question. Furthermore, consumers are encouraged to forward their complaints to MAVCOM via the FlySmart website at www.flysmart.my or the FlySmart mobile app together with the proper documentation to facilitate an effective investigation.”
“Concurrently, MAVCOM is refining the MACPC to enhance the protection of consumers, especially during unprecedented situations.”
“This will be a priority for MAVCOM and we will continue to ensure that industry players remain compliant with the MACPC and that consumer rights are continuously upheld.”