Twelve airlines will have their international flights terminated pending an International Civil Aviation Organization inspection to free-up their Red Flag status.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), starting on Sept 1, 12 airlines that have not been granted Air Operator Certificates (AOC) will have to terminate international flight operations until the completion of the International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) inspection.
Accordingly, the CAAT will be implementing three measures to provide assistance for the duration of the inspection.
These include allowing increased domestic flights not exceeding 7 flights a week, allowing direct sale of tickets to customers and finally negotiating with the Department of Airports Thailand and U-tapao airport for reductions of parking fees.
All these steps are aimed at providing reparation for loss of income while waiting for the ICAO to complete their inspection as well as reducing the impact on their employees.
CAAT however stipulated that these airlines must ensure that their customers are compensated for any inconvenience.
The ICAOs inspection is slated to begin at the end of this month and be completed by January of next year at which time, Red Flags will be lifted on airlines that pass.
Until today, 9 airlines in Thailand have passed the ICAOs strict Recertification Inspection regime and can now resume normal operations.
These include Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, NokScoot, NokAir, Thai Smile Airways, Lion Air and Sabaidee or New Gen Airways.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)