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Air Mekong loses license

Released at: 21:47, 10/01/2015

Air Mekong loses license

Transport Ministry revokes license after long period of inactivity.

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has issued Decision No. 22/QD-BGTVT revoking business license No. 06/2008/GPDKVCHK held by the Mekong Aviation Joint Stock Company (Air Mekong), taking effect from January 6.

Air Mekong is a private domestic airline that provided commercial flight services, starting in October 2010.

On March 1, 2013 it suspended operations for the purpose of restructuring. Its Air Operation Certificate (AOC) expired a month later.

To avoid license revocation, in March last year Air Mekong submitted two documents to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), proposing plans for the reissuance of its AOC and renewed operations, and requested that authorities provide assistance so it may retain its license.

MoT approved the proposals on May 6, 2014, with Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu advising Air Mekong in writing that its license would remain valid until December 31, 2014. At the same time, MoT and CAAV required Air Mekong prepare specific plans, re-apply for its AOC, and provide all documents, agreements, and other evidence relating to its restructuring, capital arrangements, personnel, and aircraft leasing.

Air Mekong, however, failed to provide such documents by December 31.

CAAV contacted Mr. Doan Quoc Viet, legal representative of Air Mekong, several times to seek the documents and arrange a meeting, but was unsuccessful.

Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh, General Director of CAAV, said that MoT and CAAV attempted to assist Air Mekong but no response was forthcoming.

Nguyen Hung

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