Thailand hopes to pass ICAO inspection

Thailand hopes to pass ICAO inspection

The standards of Thai Airways International and Thai aviation authorities keep Thailand away from Europe's latest air safety list of banned and restricted airlines, the civil aviation chief said. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)
The standards of Thai Airways International and Thai aviation authorities keep Thailand away from Europe's latest air safety list of banned and restricted airlines, the civil aviation chief said. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

Thailand hopes to pass the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)'s next inspection after its flag carrier was not on the European Union's air safety blacklist updated on Thursday.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updated its European Union air safety list of banned or restricted airlines on Thursday and Thai Airways International (THAI) was not on it.

Chula Sukmanop, director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), referred to the latest EU Air Safety List on Friday and said relevant authorities had worked hard to address aviation safety concerns.

The document, known in the industry as the "EU Blacklist", identifies airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

THAI was the only Thai-registered airline operating in the EU and has continually maintained its safety standards, Mr Chula said.

In June last year, the ICAO issued a red-flag warning over significant safety concerns following Thailand's failure to meet standards in regulating aviation businesses and granting Air Operator Certificates.

The ICAO is scheduled to carry out an audit and assessment from December this year to March next year.

In the latest biannual update of the EU Air Safety List, 193 airlines are banned from or restricted in EU skies.


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