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Singapore, Malaysia airspace dispute: What we know and timeline

SINGAPORE: Airspace management over southern Johor came into a spotlight on Tuesday (Dec 4), after Singapore and Malaysia traded opposing views over a issue.

Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke pronounced in council that a nation wants to retrieve a “delegated airspace” in southern Johor, call Singapore’s Ministry of Transport to respond with a matter fortifying a standing quo.


Under a current arrangement, government of a airspace over southern Johor is substituted to Singapore, definition that Singapore provides atmosphere trade control services in that airspace.

This arrangement was concluded on in 1973 by Malaysia, Singapore and other informal states, and subsequently authorized by a International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). A shared agreement was afterwards sealed between Malaysia and Singapore in 1974.

Malaysia says it now wants to retrieve this “delegated airspace”, with Mr Loke citing concerns over government and a inhabitant interest.

READ: Malaysia wants to ‘reclaim substituted airspace’ in southern Johor

READ: Southern Johor airspace arrangements ‘have worked well’, changes will impact many: MOT


Malaysia is raising concerns about Seletar Airport – specifically, about a Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for a airport.

The ILS procession refers to an assisted maritime aviation trickery during a airfield that provides straight and plane superintendence to pilots while a moody is forward and coming a runway. 

Protesting a announcement of a ILS by Singapore, Malaysia has cited a impact of a Seletar Airport moody trail on developments and shipping operations in Pasir Gudang.

READ: Malaysia’s enterprise to take behind airspace ‘not a candid decision’: Khaw Boon Wan


However, Singapore has pronounced that a ILS simply puts on paper a existent moody paths, creation reserve manners clearer and some-more transparent.

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) has also pronounced that a procedures do not levy any additional impact on other airspace users as good as businesses and residents in Johor.

Singapore has also doubtful Malaysia’s explain that a ILS was published but contention with Malaysia authorities. MOT expelled papers on Tuesday night display consultations by a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) with a Malaysian counterpart.


Dec 5, 2017: CAAS presents a doing devise for ILS procedures during Seletar during a assembly between Singapore and Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, according to an remove of minutes.

In a meeting, CAAS also pronounced that a new newcomer depot building would be assembled during Seletar Airport in credentials for Malaysian Airlines auxiliary Firefly to work to and from Subang.

Dec 6, 2017: CAAS emails information about a ILS procedures, including a breeze instrument proceed draft and an overview map, to a Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) for a comment before to announcement of a procedures.

Jun 6, 2018: CAAS emails a Malaysian reflection observant that it would like to tell a ILS procedures, with a procedures to be effective on Aug 16, 2018.

Aug 7, 2018: CAAS says a government met CAAM management and supposing some-more sum on a ILS procedures. CAAS also requested “urgent operational feedback”, it said.

Aug 15, 2018: CAAS says it sent an email to follow adult on a Aug 7 assembly stressing a “urgency of a matter”, and requested CAAM’s response by Aug 27. There was no reply, says CAAS.

Nov 28 and Nov 29, 2018: The dual authorities accommodate in Singapore, and CAAM raises technical concerns with a ILS procedures, says CAAS. It adds that it addressed these concerns, and “conveyed a intentions” to tell a procedures on Dec 1.

Nov 30, 2018: The dual accommodate in Kuala Lumpur to plead a annals of a prior day’s meeting. CAAM did not lift new concerns, says CAAS.

Dec 4, 2018: Mr Loke speaks in parliament, says Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send a matter of criticism to Singapore over what he described as a “violation” of principle, referring to Singapore’s announcement of ILS procedures.

Speaking to reporters later, Mr Loke also says he met recently with Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, and gave him a “heads-up” that Malaysia intends to negotiate a retaking of a airspace over southern Johor.

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport issues a matter in response, observant that stream arrangements have benefitted both Singapore and Malaysia, and that any changes will impact many stakeholders.

With courtesy to a ILS procession publication, it perceived “no concrete response” from a CAAM “despite steady reminders”, until late Nov this year.

Article source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-southern-johor-airspace-seletar-airport-10997022