Malaysian planes now fly over Iran and Turkey

At the Dewan Rakyat yesterday

Following the MH17 tragedy, Malaysia now uses airspace over Iran and Turkey for its flights to European destinations to avoid conflict zones.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said Malaysia worked with international bodies which advise the ministry on the conflict zones to avoid.

"Our planes now avoid crossing Ukraine and Afghanistan. Instead, they use the airspace over Iran and Turkey to reach Europe," he said in reply to Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban), who raised the issue of countries that were not part of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

On a related question asked by Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (BN-Tanjung Malim), Abdul Aziz said the Malaysian Government was proposing to the ICAO that flights worldwide be monitored by a real-time tracking system. "With such a system, there can be a more advanced mechanism to avoid future aviation incidents," he said.

Ong wanted to know if there was a proper mechanism to avoid incidents like the MH370 and MH17 tragedies.

"A mechanism to prevent such incidents should be in place and focused on the cooperation between the Civil Aviation Department and the Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Transport," he said.