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Civili aviation authority to discuss resumption of flights with airlines next week

Jun 13. 2020
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By THE NATION

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has invited 14 airlines and charter jet operators registered in Thailand to discuss their readiness to restart international flights.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday (June 16).

Before allowing resumption of services, the CAAT needs to know the destinations they want to fly to and whether their chosen destinations allow flights, said Chula Sukmanop, the CAAT director-general.

He also said that permission to allow international flights from July 1 would depend on the recommendation of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Public Health Ministry. The CAAT has banned all international flights, except in special cases, until June 30.

A CAAT report specified that the agency would allow flights to safe destinations or destinations needing restart of services. Also, the CAAT would permit only some groups of people to travel, such as business people.

According to statistics, international flight passengers in May totalled 36,058, down 18.6 per cent from April. Domestic passengers totalled 422,359 in May, up 3.6 times over April, due to the government’s easing of the ban on domestic flights.

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