Aviation

Thai Airways makes safety pledge following FAA downgrade

Anne Majumdar/AAP

Thai Airways has underlined its commitment to aviation safety standards following the Federal Aviation Administration’s downgrading of the safety rating of Thailand’s aviation industry.

The US agency’s announcement comes after the International Civil Aviation Organisation flagged significant concerns about Thailand’s aviation safety in March.

The FAA says it lowered Thailand’s rating to “category 2” which means its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more critical areas or that the country lacks laws and regulations needed to oversee airlines in line with international standards.

Thai airlines can continue existing services to the United States but will not be allowed to establish new services.

Regulators are in other countries are likely to be influenced by the FAA and ICAO statements.

However, president Charamporn Jotikasthira said the move would have no commercial or customer impact on its operations. Thai Airways ceased services to Los Angeles, its only US destination, as of October 25 with the airline delivering its customers to US destinations instead through codeshare and interline partners.

“Thai confirms its commitment to aviation safety standards, and assures all that Thai operates with the highest international aviation standards,” he said.

Jotikasthira attributed the downgrade to “oversight matters”.

 

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