China's Juneyao Airlines was penalized after its flight crew refused to give way for the emergency landing of a Qatar Airlines flight in Shanghai in early August, China's civil aviation authorities said Monday.
Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based private airline, was suspended from company expansion and aircraft leasing, and was required to cut down 10 percent of its current capacity, said the east China branch of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in a statement.
As the captain who manned the August 13 flight was Korean, the airline has been suspended from recruiting foreign pilots, according to the statement.
The captain's pilot's license issued by the CAAC was revoked and he is banned from applying for a pilot's license again in China, in accordance with China's general operation and flight rules.
The pilot's license of the flight's first officer has been suspended for six months.
On August 13, Qatar Airlines' Boeing 777 flight QR888 from Doha to Shanghai's Pudong Airport diverted to Hongqiao Airport due to a thunderstorm, and requested to land first because of a fuel shortage. However, Juneyao Airlines's flight HO1112 refused to give way after six orders from the control tower, forcing air traffic controllers to organize another emergency landing strategy for the QR888.