MOT: Air carriers inspection for ICAO standard underway

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BANGKOK, 3 April 2015  – Authorities are inspecting the Air operations of Thai carriers in wake of the ICAO’s audit to the Civil Aviation Department, while all chartered flights will be cleared for take off during 11-12 April, says the Ministry of Transport.

The Deputy Permanent-Secretary of Transport Ministry Voradej Harnprasert has revealed that authorities had commenced the inspection of air operations and equipment maintenance of Thai carriers to destinations in Japan and Korea since 1 April 2015, after the Civil Aviation Department received the Significant Security Concern remark from the International Civil Aviation Organization’s audit.

Six airlines involved in this inspection are Nok Scoot Airlines, Asia Atlantic Airlines, Jet Asia, Asian Air, THAI Airways, and Thai AirAsia X. Nok Scoot Airlines and Asia Atlantic Airlines have already been inspected, while the inspection for Asian Air is expected to be concluded by 7 April. Jet Asia’s inspection is expected to be completed on 8 April, while THAI Airways and Thai AirAsia X’s inspections are to be completed by 10 April.

The Transport Ministry Deputy Permanent-Secretary has said that the outcome of the inspection will be submitted to the authority in Japan to issue the aviation permit. He assured that all charter flights operated by Thai carriers will be able to fly to destinations in Japan as permitted.

Meanwhile, the aviation authority of South Korea has not yet issued any official document to Thailand’s Civil Aviation Department, while China and Singapore also have not reported any security issuess regarding Thai aviation concern.