Thai Air Asia suspends flights to Japan

Thai Air Asia X suspends flights to Sapporo starting Aug. 1 due to non-renewal of license by Japan's civil aviation authority

Thai Air Asia suspends flights to Japan

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Air Asia's subsidiary in Thailand will suspend its route to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo after a United Nations civil aviation watchdog downgraded the Thai civil aviation body for failing to improve safety standards.

Krittiyawadee Pongpanich, public relations officer at Thai Air Asia X, told Anadolu Agency over the phone Tuesday that the suspension would start Aug. 1 because a license issued by Japan's civil aviation authority would not be renewed.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) took action against Thai airlines last week after having shown a "Yellow Flag" to the country in January after the Civil Aviation Department scored poorly in an audit.

Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X, apologized Monday over the cancellations, saying the company would refund or reschedule flights with all affected passengers.

“We will continue to fly to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan and Seoul in South Korea as scheduled as they are routes Thai AirAsia X was approved to serve before the current circumstances," he said.

"Everyone can feel assured that we will continue to offer promotional fares to stimulate travel and we hope that you will continue to enjoy the routes we serve."

On Friday, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong had accepted that the country had failed to meet the aviation safety standards after the ICAO set a 90-day deadline.

"If any countries take steps to ban us, we may not have the power to negotiate on it. We have to accept the situation and move ahead to tackle the problems," the Bangkok Post had reported him as saying.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Haziran 2015, 13:12