Nine new registered airlines have been welcomed into the Thai aviation industry.

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On November 20, 2023, Suttipong Kongpool, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), reported positive developments in the Thai aviation industry's recovery. Nine new airlines have recently applied for registration, signaling a resurgence in the sector amidst increasing passenger demand.

These airlines are currently in the process of obtaining their Air Operator Certificates (AOC) to initiate commercial operations. The details of the newly registered airlines are as follows:

  1. Asian Aeroservices Co., Ltd.

    • Authorized to operate from October 16, 2023, to October 15, 2026.
    • Non-scheduled air transportation.
  2. Siam Seaplane Co., Ltd.

    • Authorized from May 3, 2023, to May 2, 2028.
    • Non-scheduled air transportation.
  3. R.C. Airlines Co., Ltd. (Really Cool)

    • Authorized from July 18, 2023, to July 17, 2028.
    • Both scheduled and non-scheduled air transportation.
  4. Avanti Air Charter Co., Ltd.

    • Authorized from July 27, 2023, to July 26, 2028.
    • Non-scheduled air transportation.
  5. M-Landarch Co., Ltd.

    • Authorized from July 27, 2023, to July 26, 2028.
    • Both scheduled and non-scheduled air transportation.
  6. Bangkok Helicopter Services Co., Ltd.

    • Currently holding an AOC, authorized from August 23, 2023, to August 22, 2028.
    • Non-scheduled air transportation.
  7. Pattaya Airways Co., Ltd.

    • Authorized from August 28, 2023, to August 27, 2028.
    • Non-scheduled air transportation for cargo only.
  8. Asia Atlantic Airlines Co., Ltd.

    • Authorized from August 29, 2023, to August 28, 2028.
    • Scheduled air transportation.
  9. P-80 Air Co., Ltd.

    • Submitted two registration requests, authorized from August 31, 2023, to August 30, 2028.
    • Both scheduled and non-scheduled air transportation.

CAAT emphasizes its commitment to evaluating business plans, financial status, and service standards to ensure passenger safety and compliance with legal requirements. The aviation industry's recovery is approaching pre-COVID levels, with an optimistic estimate of 127 million passengers in 2023 (63.03 million international tourists and 64.43 million domestic tourists). The projections for 2024 anticipate further growth, reaching 162 million passengers, including 88.62 million international passengers and 74.05 million domestic passengers.

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