Thai PC Air still flying after Seoul Incheon payment issue

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Thai charter carrier PC Air continues to operate flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Seoul and Hong Kong following the alleged non-payment of certain charges at Seoul's Incheon airport.

On 17 and 18 October 2012, 400 Thai tourists were stranded at Seoul Incheon when PC Air's sole aircraft, an Airbus A310-222, was denied clearance for takeoff, says a spokesman for Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

The spokesman says the issue appeared to stem from an alleged failure by Skyjet, PC Air's ground services agent at Seoul Incheon, to pay fuel and airport charges amounting to Bt10 million ($326,000).

The stranded passengers have all returned to Thailand, some aboard the PC Air A310 and some aboard other carriers.

PC Air chief executive Peter Chan has flown to Seoul to help resolve the issue, says the spokesman.

Nonetheless, Thai media reports quote DCA director-general Woradej Harnprasert as saying that he will suspend PC Air's air operator's certificate if a similar event occurs.