CAAT to discuss possibility of resuming international flights

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will hold a meeting with international airlines on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the partial resumption of international services.

Currently, both out-bound and in-bound international flights are suspended, to prevent the spread of COVID-19

CAAT Director, Mr. Chula Sookmanop, said today that the meeting is also intended to develop an understanding with the airlines about the health safety measures, imposed by the Ministry of Public Health, and the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for international flights.

said that he will initially discuss basic safety measures, such as social distancing on board, in-flight food services and a special space on the plane to be reserved for sick passengers.

The CAAT director said that, in case international flights are resumed, the first group of passengers are likely to be businessmen and investors, who are believed to capable of absorbing expenses at their destination countries in case they have to be quarantined or become sick and need medical treatment.

Tourist travel, under the “Travel Bubble” scheme, will have to wait until the next stage, he said.

Infections among Thais returning from abroad have accountedfor all of the new infections in Thailand for the past three weeks.

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