CAAT: ICAO may have removed “red flag” from Thailand

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) may have removed Thailand from the list of “red flag” states with safety concerns, but the matter still needs to be verified, said Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) director Chula Sukmanop.

Mr Chula said he had been reported that, according to ICAO’s official website www.icao.int, the red flag, which had earlier been pinned in front of Thailand on the list, had been removed.

This could mean Thailand has been removed from the list of “red flag” states with safety concerns, he said.

However, the CAAT will check with the ICAO for verification. He learned the ICAO held a meeting on this matter on Oct 6, Mr Chula added.

Aviation sources said if the ICAO had really removed the “red flag” which had been pinned on Thailand, foreign countries would again accept Thailand’s safety standards and Thai airlines would be able to extend their destinations or open new routes, especially in Japan and South Korea where Thai airlines have been prohibited from extending their flight routes or opening new routes because of the red flag.