6-Apr-2010 8:27 AM

Viva Macau to challenge sub-concession agreement termination

Viva Macau Airlines stated (01-Apr-2010) was "shocked and surprised" to discover that the recent "unprecedented revocation of our AOC may be legally invalid", adding that it demands the "rapid" reinstatement of its AOC to enable it to continue operations. The LCC added that it is "ready to resume service with our reinstated AOC". The carrier added that the revocation of its license has resulted in the cancellation of 33 services between 28-Mar-2010 and 01-Apr-2010, affecting 4,739 passengers (Xinhua, 03-Apr-2010). [more]

Viva Macau Airlines: "Viva Macau received a letter from Air Macau dated March 31st 2010. The letter says that the Board of Air Macau has decided to terminate the Sub-concession Contract without further delay and that Air Macau by the said letter rescinds, with cause, the Sub-Concession Contract executed between the two companies on 31 March 2006. If these statements are to be heeded, they mean that after all, the Civil Aviation Authority had no grounds to revoke Viva Macau's AOC when it did so last Sunday, 28 March. The revocation of Viva Macau’s AOC has caused severe disruption and inconvenience to our local and international passengers on all Viva Macau flights on our routes connecting Macau to Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia and affected the image and tourism of Macau," Company Statement, 01-Apr-2010.

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