China came to Japan and South Korea to limit flights from Thailand since the creepy kingdom to address “serious security problems” of the International Organization of the United Nations (ICAO).
In addition, monitoring inspections and ramp aircraft operating at Changi Airport Thai carrier has been increased, in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
Audit January in Thailand, “revealed some security issues, especially on operators certification processes,” said Anthony Philbin, head of communications for the Secretary General of ICAO in Montreal in a reply e -mail to a request for VOA. “We can further details on the agreement between the organization and its member states not to discuss the conduct and communication of the results of the monitoring of the ICAO Safety . ”
Thailand experienced the impact of tourism
representatives of the travel industry in Thailand are concerned about the perception that the country is now unsafe airlines can still hurt tourism. The largest sector of the Thai economy, employing millions of people, was surrounded in the past 18 months. Concerns about the safety of tourists and political instability
In an effort to calm the passengers, Director General of Civil Aviation of Thailand, Somchai Piputvat said Tuesday that defects in the ICAO audits are legal, airline security weaknesses.
“It is safe to fly carrier based in Thailand,” Somchai told Voice of America.
But industry sources say the biggest problems with low-cost airlines that do not meet safety standards, including certificates for aircraft operations and transport of dangerous goods connected.
Thailand to solve problems
The Director General explained that the two plates to put in place immediately: an address reform of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the security classification Thailand further reduction of ICAO.
The Authority of Civil Aviation has long been the policy that does not weigh enough staff to cope with a surge in the number of airlines that have been established in Thailand in recent years. It was announced that the additional training its employees and aerial inspections must be increased.
“It’s our fault, and we must admit that we have broken the rules, and we need ways to solve this problem,” said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-OCHA, who took power in a coup military last May.
The former army chief also said he uses the powers under § 44 of the provisional business problems airlines would set in Thailand.
Section 44 allows an effective junta leader to give orders in its sole discretion, without judicial or other report.
The Department of Transportation met with airline representatives in the country on Tuesday to discuss the problem.
Other countries respond to questions about the airlines in Thailand
A negative evaluation of ICAO, has led some countries are beginning to block new and charter flights to Thailand. There is a concern, other countries, including the United States to take a similar decision, especially if ICAO Thailand downgraded from Category 1 Category 2.
US government source – who was not authorized to speak on the record – said the ICAO report is likely to cause the aviation industry audit in Thailand by the Federal Aviation Administration. He urged the ICAO audit results “real red flag for ABC.”
Not to conduct their own assessments and usually rely on the results of the ICAO to take action in Japan and South Korea.
Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan said that for the moment no new charter airlines flights recorded in Thailand is not allowed to fly to airports in Japan because of the fear of the media can not comply with safety standards International.
Thai officials criticize past leaders
Thailand officials accuse politicians of previous governments, not focusing on the problem.
“ICAO has warned us about our Aviation Administration in 2005 and asked us to improve our system,” said Prajin.
ICAO has reported a plan to improve the Civil Aviation Authority, which was filed on March 2, because he rejected a two-year period, offered to fix the problem. Thailand plans to introduce, on April 7 in the revised proposal, and promised to solve the problems for eight months.
Critics say civil aviation in Thailand suffers from frequent changes of government, corruption, complacency and incompetence.
Internet forums professional drivers, industry workers say the Thai government inspectors have been bribed in the liquid massage positive sign on the documents.
Somchai told VOA that these statements are not to get his attention.
“It is the purpose of my government and the policy not just corruption in Thailand or in the department of civil aviation. I will look very carefully, and immediately,” he said.
The US aviation industry Thai carefully
FAA provides its own security assessment in Thailand, which would result in three essential areas: airworthiness of aircraft and the operator’s driver license requirements, the official said the United States by the usual methods.
FAA downgrade Thailand would mean, among other things, the suspension of codeshare operations, where the Thai operations support the carrier.
Influence of negative reports airlines are already feeling
Currently operates flights were affected during the audit of ICAO. But the loss of new flights and accommodation during the months of April-May high season, more than 150 000 passengers concern, according to the Bangkok Post.
Tour Operators said that has caused the prices of some visits during the Songkran festival almost doubled.
Association of Thai Travel Agents, said that Japan imposed restrictions could result in the fall of 2000 to April, Japanese visitors to Thailand.
In addition to the airline Kingdom, Thai Airways International, an ICAO security warning also affects low-cost carrier Thai Air Asia X, NokScoot Orient Thai SKYVIEW and Asia Atlantic Airlines.
It is not convenient “to give interviews or comments on this topic at the moment,” said Nuttavika Tamthai an international head of corporate communications for Thai Airways.
airline controlled by the state announced Monday that after the publication of annual losses in the past two years, he expects a significant deterioration in 2015, before returning to profitability next year, partly due to the sale of aircraft and reduced routes.