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Thai Airlines Cancel Flights, Delay Plane Purchases Due to UN’s Red Flag

Thai airlines have canceled flights to northern Japan and indefinitely delayed plans to buy new planes after Thailand’s aviation safety ranking was downgraded by a United Nations agency last week.

airlines ThailandNadda Buranasiri, an executive of Thai Airasia X, says the company will no longer offer flights to Sapporo, Japan, from 1 August onward. He told reporters yesterday that the cancellation was because the “aviation situation between Thailand and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has not yet returned to normal, so it affects our plan to service passengers in this route.”

The ICAO marked Thailand with a “red flag” on 18 June, denoting the Thai Department of Civil Aviation’s failure to properly monitor and enforce safety protocols of airlines based in the Kingdom. The downgrade followed the ICAO’s warning in March that airlines operating from Thailand were falling short of global safety standards.

Although Airasia is headquartered in Malaysia, the company has two subsidiaries – Thai AirAsia and Thai Airasia X – that are registered as Thai airlines. Nadda said the flights to Sapporo may be resumed if the ICAO and Thai authorities manage to resolve the issue.

Full Story Here – Khaosod English

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