AirAsia comes to the rescue of stranded Zest passengers

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Zest air passengersAirAsia, the majority owner of grounded Philippine carrier Zest Airways, dispatched two flights on August 18 to rescue over 100 stranded Malaysia bound passengers.

Zest Airways has been forced to suspend all flights on August 16 after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines found a series of safety breaches, including refueling with passengers onboard.

The suspension of Zest Air left most passengers stranded at  Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Hundreds were seen lining up at its ticketing office outside Terminal 4 where the airline runs its nine domestic routes as well as two international destinations to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Zest Airways said it has been losing $1.7 million a day because of the suspension. Zest Air director Joy Caneba said more than 2,000 passengers were affected on August 16, and then 7,600 and 7,900 the following days, respectively.

The founder of Zest Air, business tycoon Alfredo Yao, claimed it was all a “misunderstanding” and he was hopeful the budget carrier would be allowed to resume flights as early as on August 19 after it gives its side.Yao said airline officials were scheduled to meet with officials of the civil aviation authority to submit a comprehensive action plan and answer “point-by-point” the six safety deficiencies that led to its suspension. He said the airline was already compliant.

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AirAsia, the majority owner of grounded Philippine carrier Zest Airways, dispatched two flights on August 18 to rescue over 100 stranded Malaysia bound passengers.

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Zest air passengersAirAsia, the majority owner of grounded Philippine carrier Zest Airways, dispatched two flights on August 18 to rescue over 100 stranded Malaysia bound passengers.

Zest Airways has been forced to suspend all flights on August 16 after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines found a series of safety breaches, including refueling with passengers onboard.

The suspension of Zest Air left most passengers stranded at  Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Hundreds were seen lining up at its ticketing office outside Terminal 4 where the airline runs its nine domestic routes as well as two international destinations to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Zest Airways said it has been losing $1.7 million a day because of the suspension. Zest Air director Joy Caneba said more than 2,000 passengers were affected on August 16, and then 7,600 and 7,900 the following days, respectively.

The founder of Zest Air, business tycoon Alfredo Yao, claimed it was all a “misunderstanding” and he was hopeful the budget carrier would be allowed to resume flights as early as on August 19 after it gives its side.Yao said airline officials were scheduled to meet with officials of the civil aviation authority to submit a comprehensive action plan and answer “point-by-point” the six safety deficiencies that led to its suspension. He said the airline was already compliant.

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