Vietnam call for improving aviation safety
Vietnam call for improving aviation safety (26/08/2020)
Chairing a meeting on Tuesday which aimed to review civil aviation security and safety in the first seven months, Bình, who is chairman of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee, pointed out several shortcomings that lead to aviation insecurity.
Attendees included leaders of ministries, central agencies, leaders of localities, airlines, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, Vietnam Flight Management Corporation. In Quang Nam, Vice Chairman Huynh Khanh Toan and leaders of some related departments and units attended. 
Reported at the conference, 80 per cent of aircraft managed by domestic airlines are not operating.
In the first seven months of this year, airports nationwide received about 43 million passengers, a year-on-year decrease of 37.5 per cent.
Among 43 million passengers, there were only 7 million people from overseas, down by 71.1 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Domestic airlines carried 20.7 million passengers and 169,000 tonnes of cargo during the period, down 36.2 percent and 31.4 percent annually, respectively.
There were no aviation accidents in the first half of the year, but 123 compulsory safety reports were filed and 31 incidents reported, down 40 percent year-on-year. Among the incidents, two were at the “serious” level, five at “high”, and 24 at “medium”./.
In the past 7 months, there have been 301 cases of aviation security, a decrease of 102 cases over the same period in 2019. In which, prominent cases are the theft of property, luggage and goods; violating regulations on the use of aircraft travel documents, aviation security control cards and licenses; carrying weapons, tools to support dangerous items in contravention of regulations.
Deputy Prime Minister Bình ordered the Ministry of Transport to work with the ministries of public security, defence, information and communications to improve quality of information network security and safety. They have been assigned to organise response drills for cybersecurity incidents.
Relevant ministries were urged to step up the progress of establishing police stations at key airports and building air security forces.
The Ministry of Transport must closely monitor contractors and relevant units conducting runway upgrade projects at Nội Bài and Tân Sơn Nhất airports to ensure their progress as well as security and safety, he said.

Translator: Nhat Ha

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