3.3.1  Responsible Service The Director of Air Traffic Management Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia acting under the authority of the Chief Executive Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia is the authority responsible for the overall administration of air traffic services in the provision of air traffic services within the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu FIRs.

Postal Address:


Chief Executive Officer

Tel:  (+60) 3 88714000

Fax:  (+60) 3 88892642

Telex:  PENAWA MA 30128


Telegraphic address: Aircivil Kuala Lumpur The services are provided in accordance with the provisions contained in the following ICAO documents:
  • Annex 2 - Rules of the Air

  • Annex 11 - Air Traffic Services

  • Annex 12 - Search And Rescue

  • Annex 15 - Aeronautical Information Services

  • Doc 4444 - Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Rules of the Air and Air Traffic Services (PANS-ATM)

  • Doc 8168 - Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Aircraft Operations (PANS-OPS)

  • Doc 7030 - Regional Supplementary Procedures The air traffic rules and procedures and the organization in the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu FIRs are generally in conformity with the ICAO Standards, Recommended Practices and Procedures. Regional Supplementary Procedures applicable to the SEA Region and Altimeter Setting Procedures Differences to these provisions are detailed in subsection GEN 1.7.

3.3.2  Area Of Responsibilty Air traffic services are provided for the entire territory of Malaysia, including its territorial waters as well as the airspace over the high seas within the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu FIRs. In some cases, in accordance with the regional air navigation agreement, air traffic services are provided, under the delegated authority, in the airspace within another bordering FIR. Details of such services are provided in section ENR 2. The airspace of the Kuala Lumpur FIR embraces Peninsular Malaysia and extensive international waters. The airspace of the Kota Kinabalu FIR embraces Sabah/Sarawak including Brunei and extensive international waters. The boundaries of the Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore FIRs are defined in chart ENR 2.1-10. Area of Responsibility of Aerodrome and Approach units are listed in AD 2.17.

3.3.3  Types Of Services Air Traffic Control is exercised:
  1. In all airspace above FL 250.

  2. On airways at and below FL 250.

  3. In Terminal Control Areas, Control Zones and Aerodrome Traffic Zones. Air Traffic Advisory Service is exercised within advisory airspaces. Flight information service and alerting service within the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu FIRs and air traffic control service in control areas are provided by the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu Air Traffic Service Units. There is no distinction between upper and lower controlled airspace. The axis of each airway is constituted by a line connecting reference points identified normally by radio navigational facilities. Control Zones have been established at major airports. In the Johor area of responsibility / Singapore Control Areas and adjacent thereto, military requirements have led to the establishment a number of restricted and danger areas. The resultant airspace congestion makes it necessary for pilots to observe carefully the lower and upper limits of controlled airspace in manoeuvring the aircraft during holding, approach, departure etc. Several restricted areas and danger areas are established within Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu FIRs. None of these areas interferes with normal air traffic. The Indonesian Prohibited area to the West and North-west of Kuching is lifted to accommodate the lateral, upper and lower limits of Airway G580. Outside these limits the prohibited area still applies. Activation of areas subject to intermittent activity is notified well in advance by NOTAM giving reference to the designated area.  SERVICE PROVIDED  Aerodrome Control Service.

This service is provided to aerodrome traffic at aerodromes at which a control tower is operating. The control function related to the landing area(s) and immediate circuit area is termed as aerodrome control. The control function related to the movement area other than the landing area is termed as ground movement control.  Approach Control Service.

This service is provided to flights approaching an aerodromes or group of aerodromes while within controlled airspace and within 40NM of those aerodromes until the flights become aerodrome traffic. This service also provides to flights that are departing from the aerodromes from the time they cease to be aerodrome traffic until they may proceed independently of approaching flights or other aircraft departing on other routes.  Area Control Service.

This service is provided to flights in control area when not provided with aerodrome or approach control service. Flights may proceed from one area control sector to another until, as an inbound they transfer to Approach Control Service or as an outbound, they transfer to an adjacent FIR Centre.  Air Traffic Control Surveillance Services.

Radar services may include:

Radar control services which provide positive traffic separation, and the monitoring of aircraft navigation, to radar identified traffic. This service is confined to control airspace.

Director who provides a surveillance radar service for final approach also provides monitoring of an instrument approach and advice of deviations.  Air Traffic Information Services.

An air traffic information service is provided in Aerodrome Traffic Zones.  Flight Information and SAR Alerting Service.

This Service is provided concurrently with services specified in - In area where control services are not provided, flight information and SAR alerting are provided by ATS Units. At some locations a number of services may operate under a common call sign and can be on a common or separate frequency: "Tower"s used by Aerodrome control and Aerodrome and Approach control when combined. "Approach" is used when non surveillance Approach Control Service is provided on a discrete frequency. "Control" is used for non surveillance Area Control Service. "Clearance Delivery" is used by the Airways Clearance Delivery Service, when established on a discrete frequency. "Ground" may be used by Ground Movement Control and also by Apron Control. Radar is used when surveillance control services are provided by Approach or Area Control Service.

3.3.4  Coordination Between The Operators And ATS Coordination between the operator and air traffic services is effected in accordance with 2.15 of ICAO Annex 11 and and of Part VIII of the Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Rules of the Air and Air Traffic Services (Doc 4444, PANS-ATM).

3.3.5  Minimum Flight Altitude Minimum safe altitudes for IFR flight operations are provided for all designated air routes. Minimum safe altitudes are based on an analysis of all obstacle within the lateral confines of the airway or on the radio navigation tolerances of the airway, whichever is the greater. 1000 feet clearance is provided, except over a mountainous terrain where 2000 feet is provided. Minimum safe altitudes are provided for SIDs and STARs. These are based on terrain and also on the presence of designated airspace such as Danger Areas, VFR access routes etc. PANS/OPS vertical clearances are applied where applicable and 1000 feet elsewhere. Minimum safe Altitudes for radar vectoring are provided on the ATC Surveillance Minimum Altitude Chart. These altitudes provide 1000 feet vertical clearance or 5 NM horizontal clearance from terrain and obstacles.

3.3.6  ATS Units Address List

Unit Name Postal Address Telephone NR Telefax NR Telex NR AFS Address
1 2 3 4 5 6
Kuala Lumpur ACC Air Traffic Control Centre
Block B, ATCC Complex,
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport,
47200 SubangSelangor Darul Ehsan
(+60) 3 - 78473573 (+60) 3 - 78473572



Alor Star ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 4 - 7145413

Tel:  (+60) 4 - 7145414

+604 - 7143970



Butterworth ATS Unit

Royal Malaysian Air Force
12990 Butterworth
Pulau Pinang.

Tel:  (+60) 4 - 3144333

Tel:  (+60) 4 - 3144355

(+60) 4 - 3232122



Kota Bharu ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 9 - 7734197

Tel:  (+60) 9 - 7739026

Fax:  (+60) 9 - 7730046



Kuantan ATS Unit

25990, Kuantan
Pahang Darul Makmur.

Tel: (+60) 9 5381298

Fax: (+60) 9 5383472


Kerteh ATS Unit
(+60) 9 - 8262601

Fax: (+60) 9 8261615 (Petronas)

Fax:  (+60) 9 - 8262501 (CAAM)



Ipoh ATS Unit Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport
31350 Ipoh
Perak Darul Ridzuan

Tel:  (+60) 5 - 31888601 (+60) 5 - 3188602

Fax:  (+60) 5 - 3122529 (+60) 5 - 3188605


Johor Bahru ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 7 - 5994789

(+60) 7 - 5994280


KL International Airport ATS Unit
(+60) 3 - 87784080

Fax: (+603 - 87784022


Langkawi ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 4 - 9552191

Fax:  (+60) 4 - 9552195



Malacca ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 6 - 3174759

Tel:  (+60) 6 - 3174895

Fax:  (+60) 6 - 3174484



Kuala Terengganu ATS Unit
(+60) 9 - 6670271

Fax:  (+60) 9 - 6675277



Penang ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 4 - 6444911

(+60) 4 - 6443285


Subang Tower Unit
(+60) 3 - 78465602

Fax:  (+60) 3 - 78471089


Pulau Tioman ATS Unit
(+60) 9 - 4191727

Fax:  (+60) 9 - 4191790


Kota Kinabalu ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 882 - 24911

(+60) 882 - 19198



Labuan ATS Unit

Royal Malaysian Air Force
Labuan Airport
87007 Labuan

Tel: (+60) 8 7412459

Fax: (+60) 8 7416560



Lahad Datu ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 8 9886745

(+60) 89 - 881511



Sandakan ATS Unit

Tel: (+60) 8 9667766

Fax: (+60) 8 9666529



Tawau ATS Unit

Tel:  +6089 - 950113

Fax:  +6089 - 950100


Kuching ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 2455572

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 2616532

Fax:  (+60) 8 - 2453199


Bintulu ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 6332561

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 6331331

Fax:  (+60) 8 - 6330501


Miri ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 5614991

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 5614992

+6085 - 613860



Sibu ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 4307764

(+60) 8 4307708



Limbang ATS Unit

Tel:  (+60) 8 - 5216822

(+60) 8 - 5212872



Mulu ATS Unit
(+60) 8 - 5792104

Fax:  (+60) 8 - 5792105