Low-cost carrier VietJet Air announced on Sunday afternoon that it had fired a dispatcher due to his role in sending a plane to the wrong airport last month.
According to a representative of VietJet Air, the dispatcher, whose name was not released, was found to have played the most serious role in the error.
He was the only individual to be fired for the wrong landing, while others were suspended and ordered to attend procedural training.
All those involved were ordered to pay compensation to the company for their carelessness and irresponsibility.
VietJet Air made the announcement four days after the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam announced that it would suspend the licenses of a captain, a co-pilot and a chief flight attendant at the low-cost carrier for a month.
On June 19, Flight VJ 8575 was scheduled to carry 200 passengers from Hanoi to the Central Highlands resort town of Da Lat; somehow, it landed at Cam Ranh Airport near the central beach town of Nha Trang.
When the passengers arrived at Cam Ranh, the low-cost carrier arranged another flight to take them to Da Lat--their actual destination.
According to CAAV’s investigation, the incident occurred because the low-cost carrier's dispatcher and flight crew didn't follow the proper pre-flight protocol.
Ho Minh Tan, head of CAAV’s Department of Flight Safety Standards, who headed the investigation, said VietJet Air changed its flight schedule but its dispatcher failed to inform the pilot.