Vietnam airport director fired for poor management

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Vietnam aviation authorities have ordered that the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) remove Luong Van Thanh, director of Cam Ranh International Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa, from his post for poor management of services on its premises.

The decision of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) was made following directions from Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang. CAAV also instructed ACV to transfer Thanh to another position.

But ACV has allowed Thanh, as per his request, to take early retirement with effect from September 3, the Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported Friday.

CAAV said in the statement sent to ACV that Thanh as the airport's director must be held responsible for wrongdoings in service management and provision, which posed potential risks to aviation safety.

On June 15, Thanh ordered the air traffic control staff to suspend a VietJet Air flight which was about to take off after he had been informed that one of its passenger had "taken by mistake" two iPhones a Vietnam Airlines passenger had left at the airport screening.

The phones were returned to the owner, but the VietJet Air flight was delayed for an hour, affecting the schedules of the carrier and hundreds of passengers.

His action was also above his authority, CAAV said. Under Vietnam law, only the director of a regional airport authority has the right to suspend a plane and order it to land in case the flight encounters safety risks.

On June 30, the airport staff forgot loading 81 suitcases of VietJet Air passengers on a plane to Hanoi as they were serving four flights at the same time, the paper reported.

Cam Ranh Airport later that day arranged to return the suitcases via a Vietnam Airlines flight, and VietJet Air returned the luggage to their owners the next morning.

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According to news website VnExpress, the CAAV and Ministry of Transport have many times warned Cam Ranh airport of passengers' complaints about the quality of its services and exorbitant prices.

Nguoi Lao Dong quoted ACV as saying Friday that it has chosen board member Phan Le Hoan to replace Thanh since September 3.

Cam Ranh airport, which is 30 kilometers away from the resort town of Nha Trang, received its first commercial flight from Hanoi in 2004 and has been serving as an international airport since 2009.

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