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PUTRAJAYA: Rayani Air is unable to meet aviation requirements despite being warned by the Transport Ministry and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

As a result, a provisional suspension notice will be sent to the airline today, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“Rayani Air has contravened the conditions of its Air Operators Certificate and DCA will issue a provisional suspension notice to the airline.

“We issued two notices last month for it to improve its services. Unfortunately, it could not perform according to the requirements,” he told reporters after attending the 70th JPJ Day here yesterday.

Expressing his disappointment with Rayani Air for not providing good services to the people, Liow said a full administration and safety audit would be conducted on the airline to determine if it was “fit” to fly again.

Rayani Air – Malaysia’s first sya­riah-compliant airline – had on Saturday announced that it was suspending its operations immediately as part of its restructuring plan after a strike by its pilots the day before.

Liow said: “Rayani could not suspend itself, the DCA will suspend it.”

He added that DCA could revoke Rayani Air’s licence, but the airline would be given “a chance to explain”.

On Facebook, Rayani Air owner Ravi Alagendrran apologised to the passengers who had experienced difficulties with the airline over the past few weeks.

The company, he said, regretted the weaknesses in its service and promised to improve itself.

“Rayani Air is a new airline in this country. There are a lot of things we have to learn and improve on,” he wrote, thanking the customers and crew for their support.

On another matter, Liow said aircraft debris found in Mauritius, suspected to be from the missing Flight MH370, arrived in Malaysia yesterday.

The item, which resembles a piece from the interior of a plane, was found on Rodrigues Island, about 560km from the main island, late last month.

Three other pieces of debris found in South Africa, Liow added, were also brought back to Malaysia recently.

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