Some Thai carriers get reprieve after ICAO audit
Th ailand-based Jet Asia Airways was given the greenlight by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) to operate charter flights between Thailand and South Korea over the period April 7 to April 15.
May 5, 2015
Th ailand-based Jet Asia Airways was given the greenlight by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) to operate charter flights between Thailand and South Korea over the period April 7 to April 15. Th e country had previously banned all Th ai charter and scheduled carriers from increasing fl ights and opening up new routes after March 31 in response to safety concerns following a safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
According to a report in the Bangkok Times applications to increase fl ights by two other charter airlines, Asia Atlantic Airlines and Asian Air were rejected, while scheduled carriers Th ai Airways International and Th ai AirAsia X have both been invited to apply for an increase in their frequencies to South Korea. In early April, Asian Air, Th ai Airways International, Th ai AirAsia X, NokScoot, Jet Asia Airways and Asia Atlantic Airlines were granted a reprieve by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to operate charter fl ights to Japan from April 11 to May 31 but are not allowed to change either the type of aircraft used or routes they currently operate into the Since news of an impending issuance of a Serious Safety Concern (SSC) against Th ailand was announced late last month, various Asian countries including Cambodia, Singapore, China as well as Australia have tightened checks and inspections of Th ai-based airlines as well as their aircraft and crew. And authorities in China have rejected plans by budget carrier Orient Th ai Airlines and charter fl ight operator Sky View to operate more fl ights to the country.