NLA approves of plan to make Thailand the aircraft hub of ASEAN

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BANGKOK, 21 May 2015 – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved compliance with the 8th ASEAN air transport agreement, in a move to make Thailand the region’s aircraft service and maintenance hub. 

The Protocol to Implement the Eighth Package of Commitments on Air Transport Services under the ASEAN Framework was signed by ASEAN Transport Ministers, including Thailand’s ACM Prajin Junthong.

Compliance with the protocol is part of ministry efforts to expand the quality and scope of transportation infrastructure and servicing in Thailand.

NLA members commented that the protocol requires a revamping of the country’s servicing and customs standards, as well as establishing a clear action plan towards making Thailand the region’s aircraft servicing and maintenance hub.

ACM Prajin responded that his ministry has unveiled phase two of expansions to Don Mueang International Airport, which will commence in 2016. The Ministry of Finance has been tasked with updating its customs policies, while airlines undergo strict inspections to meet international standards.

As for an action plan to make Thailand the region’s air transport hub, the Ministry of Transport has established a committee to determine the most suitable airport for international servicing and maintenance. It has allocated funding for aircraft service and maintenance training.

After deliberations, the NLA approved of the protocol that complies with the 8th air transport service agreement under ASEAN guidelines with 191 votes with none in opposition and 6 abstentions.