FAA downgrades Thailand’s safety rating
The FAA has downgraded Thailand’s aviation safety rating after its civil aviation body failed to rectify failings found in an audit earlier this year.
In a statement released on Tuesday (December 1), the FAA said that Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation “did not comply” with ICAO’s safety standards and its rating would be lowered to category 2 status.
This means restrictions will now be applied to Thai carriers, including them being banned from opening new routes to the US.
The FAA red flagged Thailand in June over safety concerns, alongside other countries including Angola, Botswana, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Uruguay.