PHUKET: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has relaxed its requirements on airlines operating under COVID-19 protocols. Airlines are now allowed to operate flights until 11 p.m. and are now allowed to book flights at 100% capacity.
The regulatory easing was signed yesterday by CAAT’s Managing Director Suttipong Kongpool and went into effect today (October 16).
The new regulations are to remain in force until further notice.
“It is imperative that the guidelines for airport operators and air operators on domestic flight routes initially established be aligned with the latest version of the requirements,” Suttipong said in the announcement.
Under the new flight requirements, airlines can now operate flights from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. and can allocate passengers to the full capacity of the aircraft used to fly the flight.
“The air operator should consider the proper arrangement of the seats in the cabin in accordance with the measures prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health, which will contribute to the prevention and control of the disease,” said Mr. Sutthipong.
However, all other remaining requirements put into effect by the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 must be met, he added.