Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has only been given a six-month extension of its air operator's certificate (AOC), instead of the usual two years, because of issues identified in its work procedures, sources confirm.
Commercial carriers in Malaysia are typically given two-year renewals of their AOC upon application.
The country's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has, however, found some issues with AirAsia's administrative procedures such as manuals and records not being consistently updated, says a source.
He stressed that no "operational failures" were identified.
"We believe AirAsia is well on the way to address all the issues and will have the licence extended in due course," he adds.
Another source gave an example of how the carrier's flight manual does not have clear procedures on "flight following", which is required under Malaysian regulations to ensure that airlines are able to track their aircraft at all times.
Media reports in Malaysia say audit findings by the DCA also found shortcomings in flight operations procedures such as flawed communication between flight operations and pilots. They add that AirAsia has replaced its head for flight operations and that the carrier's AOC is now valid until April 2013.
AirAsia will work with the DCA over the next six months to adjust its operations and administrative procedures, sources say.
Media queries sent to AirAsia regarding the issue went unanswered. The DCA and the director general of civil aviation also declined to comment.