CAAP suspends AirAsia’s local carrier Zest Air for safety problems

Breaking news!

This could be a bad timing including us who is flying to Kuala Lumpur via Zest Air next week! CAAP or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has just ordered suspension to Air Asia’s local carrier Zest Airways.

In a letter addressed to Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Zest Air’s Chairman dated August 16, 2013, CAAP informed the airline of its suspension.


Thanks to Paolo Montecillo for copy of the suspension order. We catched it on his Twitter 5PM, August 16, 2013.


We are still monitoring this breaking news because we are one of those directly affected by this suspension. As you know, we first book with Air Asia’s P1 sale via Clark – KL, but they eventually cancelled their flights to KL. We requested Air Asia to transfer our tickets to ZestAir which were approved by the Airline later.

Together with two more travel bloggers we are schedule to leave the country on Wednesday August 21 bound to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Here are the list of violations made by Zest Air found by CAAP:

  • No qualified Accountable Manager since July 19, 2013
  • Failure to check aircraft logs, flight manifest, weather, etc.
  • Failure to present to the CAAP the airman license (Aircraft Mechanic License) during ramp inspection
  • Series of occurrences that affected several flight operations
  • Refueling with passenger on board involving RP-C8989 on August 14, 2013
  • Excessive flight duty time case under the enforcement and legal service


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