As a result of ICAO and American FAA downgrades, all Thai airlines flights that serve Australia are as of Wednesday branded as coming under inadequate safety oversights from its national aviation agencies.
Thai officials acknowledged Wednesday that their civil aviation authority does not meet international standards. The announcement has caused the United States to downgrade their safety rating of the country’s aviation industry.
“Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards,” the US’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statement said.
According to Huffington Post, the FAA audited Thailand’s civil aviation authority in July in an effort to ensure that airlines flying to the United States meet international standards.
Under the new safety rating, Thai airlines will not be allowed to establish new services to the U.S.
Thai Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said at a news conference Wednesday that the main concerns raised by the FAA were inadequate manpower and training, as well as insufficient ability to vet the licensing of pilots in a timely manner, reported Huffington Post.
“We had limitations in training our people to become inspectors,” Arkhom said. “We have 2,300 pilots and they have to renew their permits. We don’t have enough people to inspect and grant the permits.”
Thailand is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with its tourism industry accounting for around 7 percent of the country’s economy.