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Direct order in Thailand: ‘Improve aviation safety’

June 16, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Thailand’s Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-ocha, has ordered the country’s Transport Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to improve Thailand’s aviation safety within six months.

The news was carried by Thai News Agency (TNA) and Malaysian national news agency Bernama, quoting Thailand’s Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittyapaisith.

Prayut issued the order following his Friday’s meeting with Arun Mishra, regional director of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised agencies, at Government House, according to TNA.

Thailand is under pressure to improve its aviation safety after the UN agency imposed a “red-flag” tag on its aviation industry in June last year.

Prayut is reported as having said his government is striving to fix the problem. He thanked the ICAO for dispatching its experts to help. Solutions may include changing aviation laws and amending rules governing the issuing  of licences to pilots.

Arkhom said that the ICAO would evaluate Thailand’s performance in the next six months. The country needs to meet eight ICAO conditions for the “red-flag” to be lifted.

Edited by William Sykes

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