SkyJet grounding lifted

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has restored SkyJet‘s Air Operator Certificate (AOC), which it had suspended on 15 May citing safety concerns. The CAAP pronounced itself to be satisfied by the corrective actions that SkyJet had undertaken to remedy the problems that had been identified during and audit by a European Union Assessment Team, and with a letter of apology written by SkyJet’s President, Dino Chua. The airline had already resumed flying on 24 May, after it obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a Manila court. The Pasay Regional Trial Court had ruled that the CAAP’s actions were premature, as they had not afforded SkyJet a chance to respond to the alleged problems. The airline had also filed a P20 million damages claim against the CAAP for damages suffered as a result of the suspension, but then dropped the suit after its AOC was reinstated.

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