HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has urged the aviation industry to tighten security and safety as they are important issues currently.
This requirement was one of six in a message from the Prime Minister sent to the aviation industry at the meeting between the Government working group led by Minister-head of Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng and representatives of three aviation firms, including Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation and Airports Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV), in Hà Nội on Wednesday.
The meeting aimed to urge the industry to boost business and production, contributing to hitting the country’s GDP growth target this year as well as discovering and solving difficulties. The businesses will then have to report and explain the problems to the Government and the PM.
In the message, Prime Minister Phúc said the industry has grown but has to ensure security and safety, seen as the most important issue.
“Whatever the circumstances, we will not let danger occur,” said Dũng, which also mentioned problems related to air traffic management recently at Cát Bi Airport in the northern city of Hải Phòng.
The PM mentioned the importance of increasing the frequency of take offs and landings and said that many international airports had a frequency of two minutes per flight, or even one minute per flight.
“The frequency of taking off and landing in Việt Nam is quite low due to administration, management, or infrastructure? We always blame the low frequency for infrastructure but not human? The Prime Minister wanted to know if it was due to infrastructure or human?” said the working group’s head Dũng.
Dũng also questioned the plan to double the annual capacity of Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport from its current capacity of 25 million passengers when the airport has not been expanded and Long Thanh Airport, designed to be the country’s largest airport in the southern province of Đồng Nai and about 40km far from HCM City, is yet to be constructed.
The third issue is ensuring the security of flight information. This is a key issue for ACV, which needs to have measures to stop cyber attacks that delay flights.
Delayed and cancelled flights are another issue. In July, the on-time rate of Vietnam Airlines increased compared with previous years, but the number of delayed and cancelled flights of budget airlines was still high, which was due to infrastructure, technology or facilities, Dũng asked participants at the meeting.
The industry had witnessed fierce competition, good development and enhanced quality but the delay and cancel of flights is a big public concern. Agencies need to pay attention and co-ordinate with each other to solve this problem.
The Prime Minister also mentioned aviation culture, efficiency and profit, especially of Vietnam Airlines. The firm’s revenue rose nearly 10 per cent in the first months of this year, but after-tax profits did not increase in tandem.
Another issue is airport security. Dũng questioned why some airports control security well and stop drug transportation but others can’t.
He mentioned the mobilisation of social funds in aviation infrastructure.
The Ministry of Transport and the ACV should study the issue and devise measures.
“If we set plans with investment from the State budget but do not call for social funds, we need to reconsider policy. Even for airport runways, it’s necessary to issue work together. Our job is to ensure security, safety as well as interests of the investors and the State. The Prime Minister requested relevant bodies to create conditions to lure investment when the State budget is stretched,” Dũng said.
The fifth issue is equitisation. The Prime Minister wanted the ACV to hasten its equitisation and divestment.
As for the sixth issue, he asked the industry to take every opportunity to maintain its annual growth rate of 17-20 per cent in recent times.
The Government working group also asked the three businesses to report their difficulties in mechanisms and policies in detail. The group will collect and report the issues to the Government and the Prime Minister. — VNS