KUALA LUMPUR: Rayani Air will appeal to Malaysiaâ€™s airline authorities for a â€œsecond chanceâ€ after their Air Service Licence (ASL) and Air Operatorâ€™s Certificate were revoked.
Its owner Ravi Alagendrran said they were in talks with a new investor to revive the airline.
Raviâ€™s plea comes after the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) revoked the airlineâ€™s licence and certificate, effective yesterday.
Mavcom said it found Rayani Air had breached the conditions of its licence and that it also lacked the financial and managerial capacity to continue operating as an airline.
â€œThe revocations came at the peak of our negotiations with investors for the acquisition of equity in Rayani Air, after realising that the present owners and their management are no longer fit to revive the airline,â€ Ravi said in a stateÂÂÂment yesterday.
He said the â€œqualified and strong management teamâ€ of its new investors would revive and manage the airline â€œmuch better than usâ€.
Mavcom said the airline lost its licence after it breached its conditions.
â€œAs a consequence, Rayani Air can no longer operate as a commercial airline with effect from today,â€ it said.
On May 25, Mavcom issued a show-cause letter to Rayani Air that submitted its representation in writing on the last day of the stipulated time.
â€œAfter reviewing Rayani Airâ€™s written representation, Mavcom decided to revoke its ASL, as Rayani Air did not provide a satisfactory response to the show cause letter dated May 25, 2016,â€ it said.
The commission also said Rayani Air was still responsible for refunding its customers.
â€œCustomers who have purchased tickets with Rayani Air but were not able go on their journey may lodge a complaint with the company and seek a refund.
â€œIn the event consumers are not able to obtain their refunds, consumers can file a civil suit for those refunds,â€ it said.
The Star reported that Rayani Airâ€™s air operatorâ€™s certificate (AOC) was suspended for three months on April 11 after the airline temporarily halted operations following a strike by its pilots.
It was reported that Rayani Airâ€™s operations were suspended for allegedly breaching the Civil Aviation Regulations 1966.