Indochina Airlines applies for service re-start

Private carrier Indochina Airlines has asked the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam for a nod to resume its services on December 25, after almost two months' operation suspension due to financial losses, an aviation official said Monday.

Vo Huy Cuong, head of the Transport Department under the administration, said this, adding that the airlineI had proposed five round-trip flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and one round-trip flight between HCM City and Danang, using the two rented Boeing 737-800 aircrafts.

The administration has told Indochina to disclose its newfound capital, and present the aircraft rental contracts and its partners’ agreements to provide air services, to receive permission to fly again.

December 25 is also the deadline for the airline to prove its financial capability to prevent its license from being revoked, Mr. Cuong said.

The latest delay in service resumption is due to a backlog of paperwork, as well as ongoing negotiations with Indochina’s partners, Mr. Cuong said.

ICA debuted on November 25, 2008 with eight daily flights from HCM City to Hanoi and Danang. But after nearly seven months of operation, the carrier was deeply in debt and faced closure.

By M.Duy – Translated by Hoang Nhan

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