Air Asia's Tony Fernandes 'horrified' with CAAP
MANILA (UPDATED) - Zest Air has resumed flights after it was suspended on Friday but Tony Fernandes, CEO of its Malaysian partner Air Asia, said he was shocked and horrified by the suspension.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said it reinstated Zest Air's operating certificate after the airline filled a critical post.
It also cleared 3 of the airline's 13 planes.
Zest flew Kalibo to China Tuesday night and one flight to China late Monday night as part of recovery flights for those stranded because of the suspension of its operations.
Fernandes, best known for starring in the Apprentice Asia TV series, told Zest Air staff he was shocked and horrified when CAAP suspended the airline on Friday.
"I am shocked and horrified by the behaviour of the regulator. No where in my 12 years of aviation have I seen such behaviour," he said in an email to Zest Air staff. "People are getting worried about us and know we are going to change Filipino aviation forever."
The email was confirmed by Zest Air vice-president Joy Caneba.
"Many competitors are terrified of us. I am so damned determined now to be number 1. My fire has woken up. And I'm ready for the fight," Fernandes said.
CAAP's John Andrews had no comments on Fernandes' statements. - ANC, Business Nightly, August 20, 2013