CAAT near ready for safety test

CAAT near ready for safety test

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will submit a request on June 30 asking the UN aviation regulator to carry out a re-audit of aviation safety standards.

The CAAT expects to complete its programme to address aviation safety shortcomings by the end of the month, its director Chula Sukmanop said yesterday.

He was speaking after meeting Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith to discuss plans to have the so-called red-flag tag removed.

The agency will submit its request on June 30 to ask the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to carry out the audit and assessment known as an ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM), Mr Chula said.

Regarding progress in addressing 33 significant aviation safety concerns identified by the ICAO, Mr Chula said rectification efforts were now about 90% complete and he expected that all shortcomings would be fixed by the end of the month.

He said the CAAT has already re-issued air operator certificates (AOCs) to three Thai-registered airlines -- Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International and Thai AirAsia.

Mr Chula said the CAAT is expediting efforts to reissue AOCs to four more Thai-registered airlines -- Nok Air, NokScoot, Thai AirAsia X and Thai Lion Air -- this month.

The CAAT set the June 30 deadline to complete AOC re-certification for more than 20 Thai-registered airlines, which it believes will encourage the UN aviation regulator to remove the "significant safety concerns" tag given to Thailand.

The ICAO issued a red-flag warning highlighting the safety concerns on June 18, 2015 following Thailand's failure to meet standards in regulating aviation businesses and the granting of AOCs.

Mr Chula also said the ICAO will send a team of auditors to inspect airport security next month.

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