CAAT confident ICAO will lift its “red flag” status

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is confident it will be able to address all safety concerns raised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and have its “red flag” status lifted, CAAT director Chula Sukmanop said.

The ICAO team begin auditing Thai aviation safety standard today (Sept 20) after it gave all Thai aviation agencies two full years to correct all the flaws which led to the CAAT being red-flagged in 2015.

Mr Chula said he was confident it would be able to reply to questions raised by the ICAO and explain what have been done to correct flaws on Thai aviation safety standards. The main purpose is for the ICAO to grant Recertification of Air Operator Certificates (Re-AOC) to airlines.

The ICAO will also conduct random checks on airlines which have been granted Re-AOC.

The audit of the aviation aviation standards will end on Sept 27. ICAO officials will then submit a report to its head office for consideration, which is expected to take about one month. After that the ICAO will send documents to confirm the results of the audit, Mr Chula said.

Mr Chula believes Thailand’s “red flag” status, which indicates a Significant Safety Concern, will be lifted.

In 2015, the ICAO found altogether 572 flaws in its examination on the Thai aviation safety standards and 33 of which were significant and gave Thailand the “red flag” status on June 18, 2015.