UN aviation regulator removes Thailand from red-flag nations

AP News
Posted: Oct 09, 2017 7:55 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nations' aviation regulator has removed Thailand from its list of countries red-flagged for safety concerns, more than two years after it was first put on the list.

In June 2014, the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization issued a red flag to Thailand and added it to a list of 12 other nations found deficient in managing their airlines. An ICAO spokesman said at the time that its main concern was Thailand's ability to conduct air operator certifications. Thailand had feared that a downgrade would hurt its national airline and its lucrative tourism industry.

ICAO lifted the red flag issued to Thailand after it was discussed at a Friday meeting, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said in a Monday statement on its website.