Aviation Authority to examine Nok Air’s internal management after pilot strike

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BANGKOK – The Ministry of Transport has instructed the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to probe the pilots and management of Nok Air.

Transport Minister Akom Termpittayapaisit revealed that Nok Air executives have already presented him a short-term plan to address their safety issues. His statement was made after the minister visited the CAAT and Department of Airports to observe progress on emergency passenger safety measures. 

The CAAT has been instructed to find out whether or not Nok Air pilots have exceeded their standard flight hours or if they have broken any other regulations. Lawbreakers will receive a 50,000-baht fine and have their pilot license revoked.

The CAAT is also expected to examine Nok Air’s organizational management, which the Transport Minister said should be in line with global standards.

The CAAT will make sure that passengers receive a refund or have their flights replaced in case of cancellation. If the flight is rescheduled to another day, accommodations and food will be provided accordingly.