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Last August 16, 2013, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) suspended the operations of Zest Air due to a number of violations that they have committed. One of the violations committed was a serious violation that concerns the issue about the safety of their flights while the other violations were considered as minor offenses. Since July 31, Zest Air was in the watch list of CAAP due to non-compliance with some of the rules set by CAAP. However, Zest Air said that the suspension was just a misunderstanding and that their priority is the safety of their passengers. Zest air passed the necessary requirements to CAAP in order to prove to them that they are not violating any of the rules that were set by CAAP. On August 20, 2013, CAAP finally lifted the suspension of Zest Air after they have submitted the requirements. The lifting of the suspension proved that Zest Air is operating safely and that there are no rules that were violated throughout its flight operations.

In this news article, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) proved that they were really doing their job in ensuring the safety of the different airline passengers in our country. The safety requirements that CAAP had set for the airline companies to comply should really be strictly followed to be able for these companies to prove to their clients that their aircrafts are safe to operate. CAAP’s suspension of the operations in one of the airline companies in the Philippines, Zest Air, seemed to be justifiable due to a number of violations that they have committed in CAAP’s safety regulations like the lack of a qualified accountable manager, failure to check aircraft logs, flight manifests and the weather, failure to present to the CAAP the airman license (aircraft mechanic license) during ramp inspection, occurrence of a series of canceled flight operations, refueling with passengers on board, and excessive flight duty time for pilots. CAAP’s actions of supervising the airline industry’s safety could make others see that the Philippine aviation industry is trying its best to maintain its airline companies intact and be competitive in terms of the aviation international scene to be able to qualify in having more international operations through some of our local airline companies. If this expansion of international operations would be made possible, the Philippines would have the chance to improve its tourism more, have an easy access for our foreign visitors as well as our Oversees Filipino Workers (OFWs) who wanted to go back, with all these leading to generate more income for the country.

Sources:
http://business.inquirer.net/139015/suspension-just-a-misunderstanding-zest-air-chief
http://business.inquirer.net/138937/zest-air-claims-planes-safe-airworthy-surprised-over-suspension
http://business.inquirer.net/139327/zest-air-suspension-lifted

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