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16 Thai airlines suspend their operations after failing safety assessments

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Orient Thai Airlines Boeing 767-300

Orient Thai Airlines Boeing 767-300 aircraft in flight. Photo: Jakkrit Prasertwit.


SIXTEEN airlines registered in Thailand have failed safety and related regulatory assessments conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), requiring them to suspend operations until they get new Air Operator’s Certificates (AOCs), as authorities enforce stricter rules in accordance with requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The ICAO is due to send delegates to inspect Thailand’s new aviation safety regulatory system later this month or in early October, after which the agency is expected to consider lifting its “red flag”, which was imposed in 2015 due to safety concerns.

Full story: The Nation

By The Nation


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