If an expanded bilateral agreement can be negotiated between Australia and the Philippines, Cebu Pacific will likely fly to Sydney in 2013 with its 436-seat A330-300s. A separate service to Melbourne is also possible. The introduction and rapid expansion of low-cost services in the Australian-Malaysian market has boosted demand and significantly expanded the market, benefiting the Australian tourism sector. Australia should recognise the value of the additional flights and accept requests from malaysian authorities to extend bilateral flights. `ATRs resulting from bilateral air services agreements concluded by the Malaysian Government shall be their legal property. The Malaysian government has given Mavcom responsibility for awarding ATRs to Malaysian airlines,” MAVCOM said, but it is still essential that CNCs have unfettered access. Australia needs to recognise the value of this segment as well as the value of more foreign full-service carrier services and seek more liberal bilateral relations throughout Southeast Asia, particularly with Malaysia and the Philippines. The much larger markets of Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand also have plenty of room for expansion. There are no restrictions on the Australian-Singaporean market, while a liberal agreement is also in force for Indonesia and Thailand. Qantas, Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia are unlikely to depart from Australia to Malaysia, making it even more important for Malaysian airlines to have better access to the Australian market. Qantas would likely have supported a possible extended bilateral agreement with Malaysia if it had agreed with MAS to create a new joint venture company. Brunei has a similar cap, with up to 27 weekly flights from Australia`s four largest cities.
However, Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) significantly reduced its operations in Australia in 2011 as part of a restructuring of its long-haul network, making an extension of bilateral relations completely unnecessary. RBA currently travels to Melbourne daily and has no plans to restore service to Brisbane, Darwin, Perth or Sydney. We reaffirm our position that responsibility for granting route permits should be transferred to the Ministry of Transport (MOT). MOT understands the importance and appreciates the benefits of a fully liberalised airline industry and has consistently granted the necessary route authorisations as long as bilateral rights are available. In the well-worded two-page statement, AirAsia says that the operation of international routes, which are fully exploited in bilateral air services agreements, should not be blocked. “The Indonesian branch of AirAsia will be part of AirAsia Indonesia”, on January 1, 2018, www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/01/01/airasias-indonesian-arm-becomes-part-of-airasia-indonesia.html (the last visit took place on June 1, 2019). Maslen R (2013) AirAsia and ANA confirm the end of the partnership with AirAsia Japan. Route, June 26, 2013. www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/206114/airasia-and-ana-confirm-end-for-airasia-japan-partnership/. Retrieved June 1, 2019 “MAVCOM`s decision to reject our requests for routes therefore goes completely against the open skies policy advocated by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport during negotiations on bilateral air transport agreements with other countries.” The airline says mavcom should not block operations on international routes linked to unlimited bilateral air transport agreements (which allow airlines to operate without limits in terms of frequencies, seats and aircraft types). . .