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Vietstar Airlines Told to Delay Takeoff Until Tan Son Nhat Is Expanded

If you've been looking forward to enjoying the services of Vietnam’s fifth airline, Vietstar Airlines, don't hold your breath, as the company will not be allowed to take to the air just yet.

According to VnExpress, due to Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s overcrowding problem, the government has postponed official operations by Vietstar until after the airport is expanded.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also added in a recent governmental document that in order for the airline to obtain its official license to transport passengers and cargo, Saigon’s aerodrome must at least complete its new terminals and parking spaces.

The news outlet shared that Vietstar received a general aviation license in 2011 with an initial capital investment of VND400 billion (US$17.6 million). Since then the company has provided ground handling, aircraft maintenance and pilot training services.

Vietstar Airlines was established back in 2010 by the Vietnam Air Defense and Air Force under the Ministry of National Defense. It plans to utilize a fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 jets in its first five years.

[Photo via DHSaigon]

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