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The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) yesterday threatened to revoke the licence granted to PC Air if the carrier experiences a recurrence of the problems that left hundreds of Thai passengers stranded at South Korea's main airport. 

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Tour agency representatives and tourists who booked trips to South Korea file complaints with the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok yesterday. They said the charter airline was unable to take them on their tours as promised. WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM

Morning update: The stranded Thai passengers have now returned to Bangkok, one group arriving last night and a second group early this morning.


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PC Air faces threat of having licence revoked

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The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) yesterday threatened to revoke the licence granted to PC Air if the carrier experiences a recurrence of the problems that left hundreds of Thai passengers stranded at South Korea's main airport.

DCA director-general Woradej Harnprasert issued the warning as he "advised" the privately owned Thai airline to suspend flights until it resolves problems related to unpaid bills for airport charges and jet fuel, amounting to more than 10 million baht.

"We won't be reluctant to cancel the AOL [Air Operator License] if the errors are repeated," he told the Bangkok Post, adding that the incident damaged the country's reputation.

The DCA's warning came as PC Air struggled to ferry back scores of Thais stranded at Incheon International Airport back to Bangkok yesterday.

In Bangkok yesterday, 32 Thais who bought South Korean tour packages with flights on PC Air, filed complaints with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) seeking compensation from the carrier for not providing them the services they paid for.

Some 400 Thais were left stranded in Incheon on Tuesday following a financial row between the airline and its Korean sales agent Skyjet, which resulted in PC Air's sole aircraft, an Airbus 310-222 with 200 seats, being refused permission to take off from Incheon.

Speaking from Incheon yesterday, PC Air president Peter Chan said he was on the spot to clear up the problems as a matter of priority to get all remaining stranded passengers back to Thailand as soon as possible.

PC Air has not yet announced whether it would suspend its regular flights from Bangkok to Incheon and Hong Kong, as suggested by the DCA yesterday. Mr Woradej said it is up to PC Air to decide whether to follow the DCA's advice to suspend its operations for the time being.

He also said DCA could not take legal action against PC Air on this matter because its authority did not cover international chartered flights and stranded passengers would have to file civil lawsuits against the airline by themselves.

He promised that the DCA was ready to provide complainants with information about the airline.

Tourists and tour agents who waited in vain for their PC Air flight to South Korea on Tuesday night filed their complaints with the CSD yesterday.

file a complaint –to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
charter – of a boat, plane, or bus that is available for hire, especially for use by a group of people; to hire a boat, plane or bus เครื่องบินเหมาลำ, การเช่าเหมาเรือ, เช่าเหมา
threat – saying that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something  การขู่เข็ญ การคุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
licence – an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
revoke – to officially say that something is no longer legal, e.g., a contract, a law, a document, etc.  เพิกถอน
civil aviation – non-military aviation การบินพลเรือน
grant – to officially give something  ให้
recurrence – something that happens again การเกิดขึ้นอีก,การกลับมาอีก
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
issue – to announce something officially ออกประกาศ
advise – to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation แนะนำ, แจ้ง
suspend – to stop for a period of time ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
resolve – to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with it  แก้ไขปัญหา
reluctant – not willing to do something  ไม่เต็มใจ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
reputation – the opinion that people have of how good or bad someone or something is ชื่อเสียง
struggle – to try hard to do something that you find very difficult พยายาม
ferry – to transport people or goods ส่ง
scores – large numbers of จำนวนมาก
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย
carrier – a company that carries goods or passengers from one place to another, especially by air บริษัทขนส่ง (โดยเฉพาะสายการบิน)
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
row – a serious disagreement about an issue between people, organisations or countries  การทะเลาะวิวาท
sole – only เดี่ยวๆ
refuse – to say you not want something that has been offered to you ปฏิเสธ
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
on the spot – at a particular place where something is happening or happened
priority – something important that needs to be done first or needs more attention than anything else สิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดเป็นอันดับแรก
be up to – having the choice to do something or not to do it
operation – a business activity การดำเนินการทางธุรกิจ
for the time being – for the present time, but probably not for a long time พลาง
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
authority – power อำนาจ
civil lawsuit – a case filed with a court that deals with non-criminal matters, especially complaints made by people against other people or organisations  คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาลแพ่ง
complainant – a person who makes a formal complaint in a court of law ผู้ร้อง(ทุกข์),โจทก์,ผู้ฟ้องร้อง
in vain – without success อย่างไม่สำเร็จ

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