The Government of Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has decided to allow Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) to keep its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).

Earlier this month, the Hong Kong statutory body, Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA), set a deadline for HKA to improve its financial condition or lose its operating licence.

Following the notification, HKA submitted a representation to the CAD.

The airline operator’s financial situation was being monitored by ATLA.

CAD spokesman said: “Having examined HKA’s representation and considered factors including the results of our inspections of HKA lately and the relevant inspection track record, the CAD has been satisfied that HKA is able to continue to operate properly and safely in strict accordance with the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995.

“The CAD, therefore, has decided not to take further action according to Article 62 of the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 against HKA’s AOC for the time being. Nevertheless, the CAD will continue to closely monitor HKA’s operation and take decisive actions should HKA is found unable to operate in accordance with the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995.”

Following the order, the CAD will continue reviewing HKA’s flight operations and aviation safety standard, as well as actively inspect and audit HKA.

The spokesman added: “Moreover, the CAD has reminded HKA to operate stringently in accordance with the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 to ensure aviation safety.”