Thai civil aviation authority prepares measures for reopening of Phuket

BANGKOK (The Nation / ANN): The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday approved measures to prepare the aviation industry to reopen Thailand to foreign tourists, starting with Phuket on July 1 in as part of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox program.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, who chaired the CAA meeting, said: “If the program proves to be successful, similar programs would be implemented in nine tourist provinces while the full reopening of the country will begin in the 120 days. “

“It is estimated that until the end of the year, the aviation industry will see a total of 1.4 million international passengers, about 10 times the July estimate.”

To prepare for the growing number of visitors, the CAA has ordered airports to organize flight slots accordingly.

Phuket Airport has finished organizing flight slots for the summer of 2021 – from July 1 to October 30 – with 134 flights per day allocated out of the airport’s total capacity of 480 flights per day, or approximately 28%, ”Saksayam said.

“When the country fully opens, we plan to increase the slot to 320 flights per day to accommodate foreign visitors, most of whom would come from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.”

The CAA estimated that the total number of flights (domestic and international) in July would increase from 5,698 to 13,354 in June, with passengers increasing from 79,226 to 146,448.

The meeting also appointed the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to inspect the flight readiness of all airports in the country in all aspects to prepare for the surge in flights.

CAAT was also tasked with inspecting airport, airline, aircraft and pilot security using on-site and remote audit methods depending on the outbreak situation in each area.

“Regarding measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, as of June 13, the ministry has provided the first vaccines against Covid-19 to frontline staff nationwide, or around 48,000 people” Saksayam said.

“In addition, we have ordered flight operators to strictly follow the guidelines for air travel during the Covid-19 public health crisis provided by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Organization’s guidelines. health.”

Monday’s CAA meeting also discussed the adoption of two international airport technologies at domestic airports to increase their efficiency and enhance the safety of domestic air travel.

These are the Advance Passenger Information (API) and Common Use Passenger Processing System, or CUPPS, which are currently in use at international airports in Thailand. – The Nation / Asia news network

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