Thai air­lines get safety boost as ICAO lifts ‘red flag’

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Bangkok, Thai­land - The UN’s avi­a­tion agency has re­moved a safety “red flag” against Thai car­ri­ers in a ma­jor boost to the coun­try’s stut­ter­ing air­lines.

A 2015 au­dit by the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICAO) of Thai air­lines found “sig­nif­i­cant safety con­cerns” prompt­ing the down­grade.

That trig­gered re­stric­tions on Thai car­ri­ers launch­ing new in­ter­na­tional routes, cramp­ing ex­pan­sion plans for a sec­tor that has in re­cent years laboured un­der debts and man­age­ment woes.

The re­moval of the red flag “shows the trust of ICAO and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in Thai avi­a­tion,” Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-O-Cha told re­porters on Mon­day. “It al­lows Thai air­lines to fly any­where in the world.”

Thai­land re­ceived the all clear fol­low­ing a trip by ICAO of­fi­cials to the king­dom in Septem­ber, the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Thai- land (CAAT) said in a state­ment.

“The lift­ing of ‘red flag’ sta­tus in­di­cates that Thai­land has dealt with the prob­lems of un­der-stan­dard of avi­a­tion safety,” the CAAT said.

But “Thai­land as well as CAAT need to carry on their mis­sions to im­prove the avi­a­tion safety stan­dards”, it added. ICAO had flagged sev­eral safety con­cerns in­clud­ing avi­a­tion de­part­ment per­son­nel fail­ing to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

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