Suasa Airlines (R9, Kuala Lumpur Subang) has been fined MYR380,000 ringgits (USD84,925) by a Sepang Sessions Court for operating without a valid Air Service Permit (ASP) the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has announced.

The pecuniary measure was imposed after the start-up conducted an unsanctioned flight despite having neither an ASP nor an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).

"On July 22, 2016, MAVCOM rejected Suasa Airlines’ application to operate a non-scheduled commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi as it did not possess a valid ASP. However, on the same day, Suasa Airlines continued to operate this flight as a 'demonstration flight'," it said.

MAVCOM says that shortly after the matter was brought to its attention, it proceeded to conduct a thorough investigation before filing a case with the Malaysian Attorney General’s Chambers.

Mohamad Abazafree Mohd Abbas, Head of General Crimes and the Public Order Unit, together with Afzainizam Abdul Aziz prosecuted on MAVCOM's behalf.

Suasa Airlines pleaded guilty to the offence.