MANILA, Philippines – Magnum Air Incorporated (Skyjet) and Southeast Asia Airlines International Incorporated (Seair-I) airlines have been allowed to resume flight operations after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued an order lifting both airlines’ suspensions.
CAAP issued an order lifting the suspension order of Seair-I on June 5, and SkyJet, and SkyJet Airlines on June 6, effective immediately, confirmed CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio.
The order stated that the authority has monitored and evaluated the corrective actions taken by the airlines with regards to the different levels of assessment findings and found these all acceptable.
CAAP also said that both airlines have shown its sincerity in complying with all safety regulatory requirements.
The order was signed by General William Hotchkiss, director general of CAAP before leaving for Brussels to attend the hearing of the European Union (EU) Audit in the Philippines.
CAAP said that both airlines “will be under heightened surveillance” in the statement.
CAAP suspended Seair-I and Skyjet on May 15 following results of the EU Audit on April 16-24.
The EU report showed that they found 15 observations for Seair-i and 8 observations for Skyjet.
After thorough investigation, inspection and evaluation of CAAP inspectors, both airlines immediately complied with all the requirements that concerns Flight Data Monitoring System, External Audit Services, Maintenance Control among others, said Skyjet in a statement released on June 7.
“We are very grateful with the lifting of our suspension order after complying with all the corrective actions we made and was approved by CAAP. We are one with the civil aviation authority’s mission to ensure public safety and security in Philippine skies,” said Dino Reyes Chua, president of Skyjet.
Skyjet airline’s P20 million (*$443,564) lawsuit was also withdrawn following following its submission of corrective actions to the security concerns raised by EU aviation experts.
Seair-I operates a Boeing 737 for its cargo operation and Dornier 328 for its charter flights, While Skyjet operates a fleet of British Aerospace BAe146.
Skyjet flies regulary to Batanes (Basco), Coron-Palawan (Busuanga), and (Caticlan) in Boracay. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P 45.09