Thailand urgently needs to address aviation safety: IATA

Published on : Friday, February 19, 2016

iata logoThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Thai government to urgently address safety, capacity and cost issues to keep the country’s aviation sector competitive.

 
Its Director General and Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in a statement that the country’s aviation sector ‘is in jeopardy, however, unless key issues of safety, capacity and costs are addressed urgently.’

 
“Safety is aviation’s top priority. The government of Thailand must address these concerns in support of a vibrant aviation sector that is the backbone of travel and tourism,” said Tyler.

 
IATA, he said, wants Thailand to mandate IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) as a requirement for all Thai-registered airlines as it would send a strong signal that the country is serious about its commitment to world-class safety.

 

The international body also called on the Thai government to tackle several issues on safety at its main hub Suvarnabhumi Airport, as well the urgent need for expansion work due to the capacity crunch.

 
He said the aviation sector is critical to Thailand’s economic success as it is the backbone of its tourism industry and provides critical global business links.

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