Thai transport minister not confident on FAA audit

FAA officials are in Thailand this week to conduct an audit of the country’s aviation oversight including all aspects of Thailand's Civil Aviation Department such as documentation and the granting of aviation licenses to new carriers, with the FAA expected to decide whether to downgrade its assessment of Thailand's safety rating.


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Thailand’s Transport Minister Prajin Juntong admitted this week that he was not sure that all the necessary steps taken by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to improve aviation safety standards supervision will pass the approval of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Juntong said that authorities concerned were ready to give the explanation to FAA officials and seek more time to make the improvements, according to a report by Thai PBS.

Thailand’s Transport Minister Prajin Juntong speaking to reporters in Bangkok. (Image: Thai PBS)

The FAA officials are in Thailand this week to conduct an audit of the country’s aviation oversight. This includes all aspects of Thailand’s Civil Aviation Department such as documentation and the granting of aviation licenses to new carriers. The FAA is also expected to decide whether to downgrade its assessment of Thailand’s safety rating.

A downgrade from Category 1 to Category 2 in the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme would have major ramifications for Thailand’s international airlines, as it would mean they would not be able to add any services to the US or make changes to existing flights. And a potential downgrade could take on even greater significance should other countries decide to follow the downgrade action, similarly restricting Thai carriers.