Civil Aviation Department issue 22 licences in nine months

The Thai Civil Aviation Department has issued operating licences to 22 airlines within just nine months, according to the audits of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

So far, the CAD has issued operating licences to 70 scheduled and charter airlines of which 61 of them are still operational and, out of these, 41 of them are charter flight operators.

The above findings are part of ICAO’s assessment of Thailand’s overall aviation industry. Among the areas considered in the assessment include personnel licensing and training, airworthiness assessment and certification, accident investigation and airline operations oversight.

After the assessment, ICAO has flagged “significant safety concerns” on Thai airlines.

ICA’s negative review has led to Japan, South Korea and China to ban new flights from Thailand. But there is a concern that other countries may take similar action.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has invoked Section 44 of the interim Constitution to try to fix the problem. But it remains to be seen how long it will take to solve the problem.