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Air Service Permit

An Air Service Permit (ASP) is required to transport passengers, mail or cargo for hire and reward by air between any two (2) or more places, of which one (1) falls within Malaysia’s borders. This shall not apply to a person who is permitted to operate a non-scheduled journey to or from Malaysia under the terms of any agreement or arrangement entered into by the Malaysian Government. 

Every ASP includes specific legally-binding conditions on the services the permit holder is authorised to operate, the validity period of the permit as well as other conditions to which the permit is subjected to. 

ASP apply to unscheduled journeys only. For journeys with a fixed schedule, the correct licence to apply for is the Air Service Licence.

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 Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for their proposed operations. An ASP will only be issued to the applicant who holds a valid AOC issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

Applying for an Air Service Permit (ASP)

Any person looking to apply for an ASP should fill in and submit this form to MAVCOM via the AeroLicence portal, along with all relevant information listed in Attachment C of the ASP 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;
  • demand for air transport in the proposed areas of operation;
  • 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
  • the existence of other similar services in the industry.

An application for ASP 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 ASP can be found here.

In the event the Permit Holder fails to comply with any conditions imposed by the Commission on the Permit, MAVCOM has the right to make variations to, revoke, or suspend the existing Permit.

MAVCOM may award an ASP for a period of up to ten (10) years from its date of effect.

Renewing an Air Service Permit (ASP)

To renew your ASP, a written application should be submitted to MAVCOM including all information listed in Attachment C of the ASP application form.

Every holder of an ASP is required to provide regular financial and operational reports to MAVCOM as part of their permit’s conditions.

An application for the renewal of a Permit shall be made at least 90 days before the date of expiry of the existing permit and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fees.