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S44 grounds 12 airlines for re-certification

The Section 44 order bars a dozen Thai airlines from international flights, including two well-known airlines. (File photos)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha late Tuesday signed a Section 44 order to suspend international flights by a dozen small airlines that had not received new operator certificates from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), a spokesman said.

The measure affected 12 airlines, although together they account for just 2% of the market, and so will have little impact on the country's tourism-dependent economy.

And there is likely to be confusion. The airlines cited in the Section 44 order can still fly inside Thailand. The order bars them from any international flights.

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