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S’pore withdraws ILS at Seletar Airport, M’sia suspends Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang

SINGAPORE — Singapore has withdrawn the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport, while Malaysia will indefinitely suspend its permanent Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang.

S’pore withdraws ILS at Seletar Airport, M’sia suspends Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang

Singapore has withdrawn the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport, while Malaysia will indefinitely suspend its permanent Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang.

SINGAPORE — Singapore has withdrawn the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport, while Malaysia will indefinitely suspend its permanent Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang.

This agreement was implemented by the civil aviation authorities of both countries at 11:59pm on Friday (April 5), the transport ministers of both countries said in a joint statement on Saturday.

“With this agreement, the Transport Ministers look forward to FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd’s commencement of flights to Seletar Airport effective April 2019,” said Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and his Malaysian counterpart Anthony Loke.

Malaysia had protested that Singapore's plan to implement the ILS procedures at Seletar Airport will encroach into its airspace and hamper development in Pasir Gudang town.

Budget carrier Firefly was caught up in the dispute, as it was originally slated to fly into Singapore’s Seletar Airport from Dec 1, 2018. However, a check with Malaysian aviation authorities last October revealed that the ILS at Seletar was not approved.

As such, Firefly could not be given the approval to operate from Seletar. At the same time, the airline lost its landing slots at Changi International Airport, where it was operating 20 daily flights directly from Subang.

The latest announcement from the two transport ministries comes three months after they agreed that Malaysia would suspend the permanent Restricted Area established over Pasir Gudang in Johor Baru, while Singapore would temporarily shelve the implementation of the ILS.

In its latest statement, the ministries said: “Both Transport Ministers noted that a High Level Committee has been set up to review the Operational Letter of Agreement between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Area Control Centres Concerning Singapore Arrivals, Departures and Overflights 1974."

This Operational Letter of Agreement outlines how Singapore air traffic controllers manage airspace over Southern Johor.

"Both Transport Ministers welcome these positive steps and look forward to further strengthening bilateral cooperation," the statement added.

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