Airlines must stop unhealthy competition for pilot: Deputy PM

Ảilines ought to stop unhealthy competition for pilot who are national resource among air carriers for the safety of passengers, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at a yesterday conference to review the performance of Vietnam’s aviation industry in the first six months of the year and discuss its missions for the coming months.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the conference (Photo: SGGP)

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the conference (Photo: SGGP)

Especially, there has been increase in hired foreign pilots up to 50 nationalities in several airlines, making it more difficult to monitor and standardize the employment of pilots, he said.
According to Mr. Binh, unhealthy competition for pilot amongst airline has led to damaging practices such as forcing pilots to fly more than the permitted number of hours and paying high salaries to poach pilots from other airlines.
Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tian said that the industry operated safely in the first half of the year without reportedly serious accidents or security incidents.
Moreover, on February 15, the CAAV officially got Aviation Safety Supervision Level 1 from the US Federal Aviation Administration. This means that the US aviation authorities and the international community recognize Vietnam's efforts to improve aviation safety opening up an opportunity for a direct flight route from Vietnam to the US.
However, Tuan pointed out some incidents in the first six months such as thefts, passengers carrying weapons and dangerous items, the use of improper documents for flights, public disorder and assaults on aviation personnel.
He blamed the incidents for fast development of airliners resulting in a shortage of airline staffs.
Mr. Binh asked to ensure safety and security in the remaining months of this year contributing to the country’s socio-economic growth and issue harsh penalties on violations of social security.

By staffs writers - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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