6 June 2024

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) recently held a meeting with 20 airline operators to discuss compulsory operating procedures to be used when they resume their domestic services on May 1st.

The guidelines are:

  1. Airlines must designate empty seats in each row to comply with social distancing requirements.
  2. All passengers must have their body temperatures checked (no higher than 37.3oC) prior to boarding.
  3. Passengers must stand at least 1 metre apart while checking-in, during luggage checks, when entering gate areas and when boarding the aircraft.
  4. Limit the number of passengers in the shuttle bus to the aircraft.
  5. All passengers must wear facemasks at all times while on board.
  6. Food and drinks may not be served on board. Passengers must go to the rear of the plane if they need water to take medicine.
  7. On flights of over 90 minutes in duration, the last two rows of cabin seating must be reserved for sick passengers.
  8. The price of the seats can be higher than usual, due to the lower number of seats available for sale, especially on low-cost airlines
  9. Routes may vary, depending on the airline and the final destination, as many airports, such as Phuket International Airport, are still closed due to the lockdown.