CAAT green light for Thai airlines

BANGKOK, 26 July 2017: Thai Smile and Thai Lion Air has received AOC Re-Certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, last Thursday, that complies with ICAO’s standards.

CAAT’s general director, Chula Sukmanop, said Thai Smile and Thai Lion Air are the seventh and eighth carriers to be regain their AOCs, based on compliance guidelines issued by ICAO.

The first six re-certified airlines were Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways International, NokScoot, Thai AirAsia X and Nok Air.

CAAT officially submitted an application to the ICAO, 30 June, for auditing, which will take place in September.

The country has been on the red-flag list since June 2015 when ICAO notified Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (now defunct) that its supervision of the industry was substandard.

To strengthen its ‘organisation’ performance, the Thai government replaced the Department of Civil Aviation, 1 October 2015, with the independent entity, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, that covers airport and airline regulatory standards and the Department of Airports that manages 28 airports that were previously under the DCA.