Vietnam private airline seeks continuation of discounts for aviation services

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 A file photo of a Hai Au seaplane

Hai Au Aviation, which offers seaplane tours, has reportedly sought continued discounts from aviation authorities, citing financial problems.
The Ministry of Transport is now considering the proposal following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, news website Dau Tu reported Sunday.
If approved, Hai Au would continue to pay half the regulated landing, takeoff and air control charges services for another year, it said.
The carrier, which has been getting the discounts offered by the Vietnamese government to newly-established airlines since 2014, had them extended once last year.
Hai Au, established in 2011, operates seaplanes between Hanoi and the popular Ha Long Bay, besides charter flights to other places in Vietnam.
In his demand for continuing the discounts, Dinh Thi Thu Trang, CEO of Hai Au, blamed red tape for the airline's problems, saying it has to get a new flying license for every flight.
In the event, the airline has had to refuse many customers asking for flights at short notice, she said.

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