Skymark to put instructors on jets

Kyodo

Skymark Airlines Inc. has promised to place instructors on some flights from mid-June to supervise pilot performance following a series of safety lapses.

The airline made the pledge in a remedial plan presented Tuesday to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, which had issued an admonition over six incidents between February and May and ordered the airline to take corrective measures.

In April, a Skymark airplane landed on an unauthorized runway at Ibaraki Airport, while a flight in February landed at Miyako Airport in Okinawa Prefecture after making an approach below the designated minimum altitude.

Meanwhile, the consumer affairs center in Tokyo lodged a protest Tuesday with the airline over its notice that passengers should file complaints with its customer center or public consumer affairs centers as it would no longer accept them aboard flights.