IATA has called on the Thai government to urgently take remedial action following the findings of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP). “It is important for governments to provide adequate, thorough regulatory regimes to ensure aviation safety. ICAO audits the regulator’s compliance with ICAO standards and recommended practices. We hope that the Thai Government is able to quickly take remedial action to align its activities with global standards.

The aviation industry in Thailand is growing quickly and bringing many opportunities to the Thai economy, particularly in tourism. This should be a national priority,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“At the same time, travelers should be re-assured that airlines are committed to global best practices in safety. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways are long-standing members of IATA. They have successfully completed IOSA audits reflecting compliance with over 900 global standards on operational safety.

IOSA is an open standard for all airlines. To bring even greater assurance to passengers we encourage all carriers in Thailand to complete the IOSA audit process. It is a practical means to improving safety performance by aligning their operations with global best practices. And we would also encourage the Thai government to consider making IOSA a requirement for a Thai AOC. Carriers on the IOSA registry consistently outperform the industry average safety performance,” said Tyler.