The UN’s global aviation body, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), visited Thailand recently to discuss the country’s safety issues.
Thailand scored poorly in its last ICAO audit, which led to the downgrading of the country’s safety rating by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This means that the country’s airlines are no longer permitted to launch flights to the US.
However ICAO’s secretary general, Dr Fang Liu, travelled to Thailand recently in an effort to discuss the country’s safety issues. She met with Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, who pledged to improve the situation.
“Thailand is a leader in a number of areas of sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region, and its international tourism growth strongly relies on its effective oversight of safe and secure global air transport connectivity,” Dr Liu commented.
She also called on Thailand to “promote the benefits of air transport to tourism and trade, and to assume a leadership role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by facilitating smaller states’ efforts to expand capacity and improve their regulatory oversight systems.”
ICAO is expected to embark on a follow-up mission to Thailand in June 2017, by which time it is hoped that the country’s safety issues will be resolved.