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ICAO website indicates it has lifted “red flag” status on Thailand

The website of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) shows that it has lifted the “red flag” status on Thailand.

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand Director Chula Sukmanop said he was aware of the amendment but added that he had yet to get an official confirmation from ICAO, which according to reports, discussed the matter last week.

If the decision is indeed confirmed, Thai carriers can look for new destinations, especially in Japan and South Korea. The Thai aviation industry will also gain more international acceptance in terms of safety, and foreign airlines will make more stops and expand services.

The ICAO conducted an audit of the CAAT from Sept 20-27.

Thailand’s aviation safety standards have been in question since the country was red-flagged by the UN’s aviation watchdog in June 2015.

Chula said his office had adjusted the flaws that were identified by the ICAO including changing related laws and regulations and granting Recertification of Air Operator Certificates (Re-AOC) to airlines.

Chula added that nine out of 21 airlines that operate international flights have been granted Re-AOC and the CAAT is set to complete the process of re-certifying the other 12 airlines by January 31, 2018.

Accomplishing the AOC re-certification is an essential part in CAAT’s efforts to reestablish Thailand’s aviation safety credentials.

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