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Nok Air’s pilots’ flight time record does not match with that of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand and its pilots’ flight time is a bit in excess of the permissible limit, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit said Tuesday.
Citing findings of CAAT’s probe team, he explained that Nok Air kept the record of pilots’ flight time on monthly basis whereas CAAT kept the record on weekly, monthly and yearly bases. Hence, he said that further probe by CAAT of Nok Air’s record of pilots’ flight time was necessary and he expected result in April.
The probe was ordered after some Nok Air’s pilots walked off on February 14 over a conflict with the management, leaving about 3,000 domestic passengers stranded at Don Meuang airport.
Mr Arkhom disclosed that Nok Air had already compensated 90 percent of the stranded passengers and transferred the others to their allied airlines to take care of them.
Nok Air’s reliance on allied airlines to help fly its passengers is expected to end within March 10 after which the airline expects to assume normal operations.
The airline has recently recruited about 10 foreign pilots and in the process of recruiting more pilots to solve its problem of personnel shortage.