Malaysia plans to take back the airspace over south Johor delegated to Singapore, after protesting against new flight paths proposed over Seletar Airport.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister, Anthony Loke told Parliament on Tuesday that despite informing Singapore on Nov 28 and 29 that Kuala Lumpur did not agree to the new flight paths because it will “stunt development” around the Pasir Gudang industrial district.
He says that Singapore’s new flight paths will impose height restrictions on buildings, and affect port activities in the area around south of Johor.
“This contradicts the principle of national sovereignty provided for under the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The Foreign Ministry will issue a protest note to Singapore immediately concerning this breach of sovereignty,” he said.
However, any such move would have to be discussed by both countries and be approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Singapore has been managing the airspace since 1974, and the new flight paths are needed to upgrade Seletar Airport.