Transport Ministry introduces more stringent measures on charter flight service


BANGKOK, 13 December 2013 The Transport Ministry has tightened its measures in issuing licenses to operators of charter flights, in order to ensure safety and services as more and more applicants have been filed for the service. 

Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said the Department of Civil Aviation has implemented the new stringent criteria for companies seeking to run charter flight services in Thailand.

The new rules require an operator to have at least two planes ready for service. Those planes must be either less than 14 years old, or hold a proof of highly maintenance background profile. The operator must deposit a fund at the department for use in the case that compensations are needed for passengers.

Chadchart said the new rules are aimed at preventing an incident similar to the PC Air from recurring at all.

Last year, the Civil Aviation Department had ordered PC Air to halt its service after the airline had stranded Thai tourists for two days in South Korea due to inability to pay fuel bills. The incident causes PC air to close down its entire operation.