The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Tuesday said that the suspension of Zest Air’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been lifted, but only three aircraft have been released for flight.
“Suspension on the AOC has been lifted,” said CAAP Deputy Director General John Andrews to The Manila Times in a text message.
“As of now three aircraft has been released for flight. Other aircraft inspected requires closure on some open items, will be cleared once closed. That is all I have for now,” Andrews said.
The official also said that the release of aircraft for flight is subject to inspection by Flight Safety Inspectorate Service (FSIS) Airworthiness inspectors.
Zestair had a fleet of 10 Airbus A320 and one A319; the released aircraft that had requested exit and entry clearances are all A320 aircraft with registry numbers RPC- 8994/8996/8993.
On Friday, CAAP announced the suspension of the local airline’s AOC because of continued violations of the safety standards set by the authority.
Earlier report said that Andrews signed the suspension of Zest Air’s AOC in connection with several infractions compromising several flights operations on various airports.
Andrews said there are six non-conformances and deficiencies of the airline in maintaining the acceptable level in operating an Air Operator Certificate such as No qualified accountable manager; failure to check aircraft logs, flight manifest, weather, etc.; failure to present to the Authority the airman license (Aircraft Mechanic License) during ramp inspection that is non-conformance with PCAR 22.214.171.124; series of occurrences that affected several flights operations; refuelling with passengers on board involving RP-C8989, on August 14, 2013, which is non-conformance to PCAR 126.96.36.199; and excessive flight duty time case under the enforcement and legal service.
Meanwhile, also in a text message, Zest Air director Joy Caneba said, “That’s a relief and welcome news it confirms that cooperation between CAAP and airline is more productive.”
Caneba added that, “ This confirms that Zest Air has been operating following the standards required and will continue to do so.We will go back to normal operations as soon as possible.”
In March 2013, Air Asia Philippines and Zest Airways signed a strategic partnership.
Under the agreement, AirAsia would acquire a 49 percent stake in Zest Air and 100 percent in Asiawide Airways—both under the Zest Air Group.
“We are more determined to be the best player in the market—be bigger and give only the best service to our passengers,” Caneba said.