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Aerodrome Operator Licence

An Aerodrome Operator Licence (AOL) is required to operate an area (including airports or commercial airfields) where commercial aircraft take-off or land and engaged in the transportation of passengers, mail or cargo for hire or reward. 

Every AOL includes specific legally-binding conditions on the approved aircraft types, operator’s responsibilities, the duration of operation and such matters the Commission considers necessary. 

Successful applicants will be initially issued with a Conditional Approval, allowing the applicants to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) for an Aerodrome Certificate (AC) for their proposed operations and an AOL will only be issued to the applicant who holds a valid AC issued by the CAAM.

Privately-owned aerodromes that are not open for use by public transport aircraft or aerodromes that do not collect aviation service charges under the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Aviation Service Charges) Regulations 2016 are not subjected to the need for certification from MAVCOM.

Applying for an Aerodrome Operator Licence (AOL)

Any person looking to apply for an AOL should fill in and submit this form to MAVCOM via the AeroLicence portal, along with all relevant information listed in Attachment C of the AOL application form. Applications are assessed by MAVCOM based on a range of criteria, including but not limited to the following:

  • whether the applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia and is directly under the control of a Malaysian company as well as the ownership structure of the applicant;
  • The status quo of supply and demand for air transport facilities;
  • the experience and competency of the management team of the company;
  • the feasibility of the proposed business plan;
  • the financial viability of the business; and
  • Expected quality of the proposed aerodrome, in respect of continuity, regularity of operations, frequency, reasonableness of charges and general efficiency.

An application for AOL will require a minimum of 90 days to process. The Commission will only initiate the evaluation process of an application upon receipt of a complete submission together with the prescribed fees. An incomplete application may result in a delay in processing and possible rejection. The latest MAVCOM decisions relating to AOL can be found here. In the event the Licence Holder fails to comply with any conditions imposed by the Commission on the Licence, MAVCOM has the right to make variations to, revoke, or suspend existing Licence. MAVCOM may award an AOL for a period of ten (10) years or such other period as the Commission may decide from their date of effect.

Renewing an Aerodrome Operator Licence (AOL)

To renew your AOL, a written application should be submitted to MAVCOM including all information listed in Attachment C of the AOL application form. Every holder of an AOL is required to provide regular financial and operational reports to MAVCOM as part of their licence’s conditions. An application for the renewal of a licence shall be made at least 90 days before the date of expiry of the existing licence and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fees.