After legal intervention and an apology from the head of SkyJet, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has finally lifted the ban that prevented Seair International and SkyJet Airlines from flying.
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In a statement released by the aviation regulator, it was revealed that corrective actions have already been taken by both carriers. According to William Hotchkiss, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority, the regulator has also evaluated plans being pursued by the carrier, adding that both carriers will continue to be monitored on a regular basis.
Thousands of passengers were stranded as a result of the grounding of SkyJet's fleet on May 15. The Civil Aviation Authority cited findings of a European Union Safety Assessment team during an inspection from April 16 to 24 as cause for the grounding.
A P20 million lawsuit was filed against the Civil Aviation Authority for damages resulting from the grounding, which SkyJet officials referred to as "arbitrary." Company executives argued that the carrier was not offered due process prior to the suspension.
However, the lawsuit was later withdrawn after the carrier promised to follow and implement recommendations made by the European Union team. In addition, SkyJet's President, Dino Chua, issued a letter of apology to the aviation regulator for the inconvenience caused. In the letter, Chua stated that SkyJet would take, "comprehensive enhanced actions relative to the flight data monitoring, quality assurance, airworthiness, and maintenance control."