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Thailand: Cabinet gives green light to signing aviation pact with 30 other countries

The Cabinet has given its approval to Thailand signing a declaration on civil aviation with 30 countries as means to keep the country’s aviation industry from being red-flagged over safety issues.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith disclosed that the cabinet has given the green light to the Ministry to ink the Declaration of Civil Aviation Ministers’ Conference with the 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Arkhom said the declaration seeks to confirm the aviation safety of all international airports of member countries by the year 2020.

The declaration would train its focus on four key issues. These are aviation safety, air traffic management, air accident investigation and human resource development.

Arkhom divulged that aviation safety would help systematize all elements of aircraft safety by conducting consistent safety evaluations under the International Civil Aviation Organizations’ (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.

Air traffic management would be applied in direct compliance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation, otherwise known as the Chicago Convention.

The convention calls for an independent investigation team to take a closer look into air incidents. The said panel would be free from interference or influence by either public or private agencies.

With regards to human resources management, projects would be initiated to tackle the shortage of aviation personnel.

Arkhom said that the successful implementation of these would go a long way towards preventing Thailand from being red-flagged by the ICAO yet again.

“The aviation safety of international airports in some countries has not been certified yet. However, in Thailand, aviation standards of our six international airports under the supervision of Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) have been assured by the ICAO,” Arkhom said.

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