Chartered flights to be allowed re-entry only after being inspected by destination countries

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BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 – The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has pointed out that the ICAO ban imposed on chartered airplanes from Thailand is due to an unqualified supervising system in the country, not the standard of operation of aircraft.

DCA Director General Somchai Piputwat said the ICAO judgment has prompted Japan, South Korea and China to ban chartered flights from Thailand. Re-entry will only be permitted after Thai aircraft has passed safety tests in countries of destination.

The Director General affirmed that all Thai chartered flights are operating with high safety standard compatible to international airlines. He said operators of Thai private airlines are willing to have their aircraft inspected and cooperate with the DCA in restoring the credibility of the Thai aviation industry.

The meeting between stakeholders will be held in the afternoon today to find solutions to the problem.