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Thailand Seeks Air Safety Rating Upgraded by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

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Thailand will speed up its inspection of pilot qualifications and aim to have more aviation personnel and qualified pilots

BANGKOK – Thailand’s transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith said on Wednesday,Thailand aims to get its air safety rating upgraded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by March after the FAA downgraded the rating in December 2015.

Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) was downgraded to Category 2 from 1 because it fell short of the FAA’s standards.

“We aim to be restored back to Category 1 by March,” Minister Arkom told reporters.

Arkom’s comment came three months after the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) removed a red flag against Thailand over safety concerns in October.

He said Thailand will speed up its inspection of pilot qualifications and aim to have more aviation personnel and qualified pilots to be considered for the safety ratings upgrade.

Bangkok is a regional airline hub and Thailand targeted a record 33 million to 34 million tourist arrivals this year.

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat – Reuters

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