41 airlines need to be recertified by July: Prajin

business April 20, 2015 09:33

By SUCHAT SRITAMA
THE NATION

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THE Transport Ministry is considering asking the prime minister to use Article 44 to help "solve" urgent aviation safety problems, including the need to recertify 41 airlines by the end of June.



Minister Prajin Juntong said he may seek use of Article 44 after meeting yesterday with airlines and aviation agencies on fixing the aviation crisis. Several issues had to be fixed in coming months, such as hiring aviation experts, budgeting, plus a short-term action plan.
Prajin said airlines such as Thai Airways, 
Nok Air, NokScoot, and Thai AirAsia would 
send 18 experts to help draft an aviation safety manual, which needs to be completed by mid-year. 
Aviation experts from Canada will also team up at the end of this month, plus the US, Australia, Singapore, China, Japan and South Korea will all send officials to join the group later.
He said once the safety manual is drawn up, 41 airlines operating in Thailand – 28 foreign airlines and 13 Thai airlines – will be given new operating certificates from June. This is to meet safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation or ICAO.
The ministry also will recertify seven airlines so they can carry dangerous goods in and out Thailand.
Prajin said the ministry would continue work with civil aviation bodies in Japan, South Korea and China to get approval for charter flights from Thailand before the end of next month.
The ministry will report to the PM today on the aviation safety moves it needs to undertake, plus its plan to meet the head of the ICAO.