The civil aviation agency of Japan has agreed to lift the ban on the registered airlines of Thailand. The Thailand airlines were earlier banned from operating chartered flights to Japan from April 11 to May 31, 2015. The announcement was made by the Thai Transport Minister Air Chief Marshall Prajin Junthong.
The agency had imposed the ban in March 2015 after safety concerns were highlighted by an international audit. The ban was imposed on the Thai airlines from operating any new charter and scheduled services to Japan. About 120,000 passengers travelling to Japan on flights operated by the National carrier Thai Airways International were likely to be affected by the ban.
The Thai airlines under the provisional lifting of the ban are not allowed to change the type of aircraft they have indicated that they would operate. On the other hand the scheduled flights to Japan will continue to operate as usual. The airlines included in the regulation included NokScoot, JetAsia Airways, Thai Airways, Asia Atlantic Airlines and Asian Air.
The safety concerns were raised by authorities in an audit of DCA by the Montreal based International Civil Aviation Organization. The MICAO gave DCA a 90 day grace period to comply with the international standards.
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