S44 grounds 12 airlines for re-certification
- 13 Sep 2017 at 00:56
- WRITER: POST REPORTERS WITH REUTERS
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.