The Ministry of Transport says it will move ahead to bring Thailand’s civil aviation industry back on track after the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) lifted its red-flag status on the country.
It says it will negotiate with the US to upgrade Thailand’s 2nd tier status after the country was downgraded last year.
Transport Minister Akhom Termphittaya-Paisit said that the ministry’s responsibility now will be to move ahead to negotiatw with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which is maintaining its downgrading of Thailand’s civil aviation industry to the 2nd tier.
Under such status, he said flights into the US are not allowed since the end of 2016.
But with the ICAO’s lifting of the red flagging, expectation is that the FAA will upgrade Thailand to the 1st tier by March of next year and Thai airlines can commence flights into the US in October 2018,he said.
Other move of the ministry is to solve other problems in the civil aviation sector not least of which is the shortage of qualified civil aviation manpower, he said.
He said further that with the lifting of the Red Flagging, Thailand’s civil aviation sector is now free to progress ahead with planned new routes under previously signed treaty agreements.
More importantly, Thailand’s airlines will gain international acceptance allowing it to pursue operational expansions which includes increased flights to more routes and expansion of its aircraft fleet.
Considering its inherent popularity among air commuters, the passing of the ICAO audit means that Thailand’s civil aviation sector can look to clearer skies and grow accordingly.
According to the ministry, the two years and four months long red flagging was over substandard safety and security protocols which Thailand has addressed and met all the ICAOs prerequisites.
Accordingly, the ICAO has also made its own announcement on its website informing all member countries of its verdict.