PM urges aviation industry to tighten security

Minister-head of Government Office Mai Tien D​ung reports the Prime Minister’s requirements to Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation and Airports Corporation of Viet Nam. ( )

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged
the aviation industry to tighten security and safety as they are important
issues currently.

This requirement was one of six in a message from the Prime
Minister sent to the aviation industry at the meeting between the Government
working group led by Minister – Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung
and representatives of three aviation firms, including Vietnam Airlines,
Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation and Airports Corporation of Vietnam
(ACV), in Hanoi on August 16.

The meeting aimed to urge the industry to boost business and
production, contributing to hitting the country’s GDP growth target this year
as well as discovering and solving difficulties. The businesses will then have
to report and explain the problems to the Government and the PM.

In the message, PM Phuc said the industry has grown but has to
ensure security and safety, seen as the most important issue.

“Whatever the circumstances, we will not let danger
occur,” said Dung, who also mentioned problems related to air
traffic management recently at Cat Bi Airport in the northern city of Hai Phong.

The PM mentioned the importance of increasing the frequency of
take offs and landings and said that many international airports had a
frequency of two minutes per flight, or even one minute per flight.

Dung also questioned the plan to double the annual capacity
of Tan Son Nhat International Airport from its current capacity of 25
million passengers when the airport has not been expanded and Long Thanh
Airport, designed to be the country’s largest airport in the southern province
of Dong Nai and about 40km far from HCM City, is yet to be constructed. 

The third issue is ensuring the security of flight information.
This is a key issue for ACV, which needs to have measures to stop cyber attacks
that delay flights.

Delayed and cancelled flights are another issue. In July, the
on-time rate of Vietnam Airlines increased compared with previous years, but
the number of delayed and cancelled flights of budget airlines was still high,
which was due to infrastructure, technology or facilities, Dung asked
participants at the meeting.

The industry had witnessed fierce competition, good development
and enhanced quality but the delay and cancel of flights is a big public
concern. Agencies need to pay attention and co-ordinate with each other to
solve this problem.

The PM also mentioned aviation culture, efficiency and
profit, especially of Vietnam Airlines. The firm’s revenue rose nearly 10 percent
in the first months of this year, but after-tax profits did not increase in tandem.

Another issue is airport security. Dung questioned why some
airports control security well and stop drug transportation but others can’t. He
mentioned the mobilisation of social funds in aviation infrastructure.

The Ministry of Transport and the ACV should study the issue and
devise measures.

The fifth issue is equitisation. The Prime Minister wanted the ACV
to hasten its equitisation and divestment.

As for the sixth issue, he asked the industry to
take every opportunity to maintain its annual growth rate of 17-20 percent in
recent times.

The Government working group also asked the
three businesses to report their difficulties in mechanisms and policies in
detail. The group will collect and report the issues to the Government and the PM.-VNA

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