China’s first privately-owned airline, OK Air, has applied to China’s aviation authorities to resume passenger services after suspending operations since December. 6.
The carrier submitted an application to the northeast bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to resume service on January 21.
A company manager in Tianjin, who would not give his name, said the airline was awaiting a safety inspection by the CAAC, which would decide whether it was eligible to resume flying.
OK Air suspended passenger services nine days ahead of a deadline for suspension set by the CAAC, which had ordered suspension from December. 15 after delays in its schedules.
These problems had resulted from concerns over the company’s financial situation and services on 20 routes were halted.
The company has 11 aircraft and about 800 employees. It ran domestic passenger routes serving the cities of Tianjin, Changsha,Hefei, Kunming, Harbin, Hangzhou, Haikou and Sanya.
OK Air’s cargo service has been operating as scheduled.
Source: China View