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Thailand seeking to get air safety rating upgraded by the U.S. FAA

Thailand is aiming to get its air safety rating raised by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the month of March.

The country’s Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith made the goal public after the FAA downgraded their rating back in December 2015.

Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was downgraded to Category 2 after it fell short of the standards set by the FAA.

“We aim to be restored back to Category 1 by March,” said Termpittayapaisith.

Arkom’s comes in the wake of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) removal of the red flag against Thailand over safety concerns in October.

He said Thailand would hasten the process of inspecting pilot qualifications and want to have more aviation personnel and qualified pilots to be considered for the safety ratings upgrade.

Bangkok is considered to be a bustling regional airline hub and Thailand targets a gaudy number of 33-34 million tourist arrivals this year.

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