Thai VietJet’s Airbus A320 at Suvarnabhumi airport. The no-frills funds airline seeks to spread its wings even more subsequent month.
Thai VietJet Air (TVJA) is urgent forward with its network growth ideas, whilst its licence to operate professional air company is however pending renewal.
The Thai offshoot of Vietnam’s low-expense carrier group, VietJet Air, aims to start its fourth domestic route — Bangkok-Chiang Rai — with a twice-daily flight beginning on Oct 29.
The start of the Bangkok-Chiang Rai route heralds TVJA’s transfer to increase its choices in and out of Thailand in the forthcoming wintertime period that ordinarily commences at the close of October.
TVJA has made recognized its plan to provide Krabi and Hat Yai, as very well international destinations in China, Taiwan and Vietnam.
But the start of its international providers is subject matter to owning its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) recertified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
Eleven Thai-registered airways which includes TVJA have but to see their AOCs re-issued by CAAT, which has banned them from traveling abroad except if they get their permits re-qualified.
AOC recertification is a essential portion of CAAT’s endeavour to get the country’s “red-flag” position from the Worldwide Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) more than “substantial security problems” lifted soon.
Ten Thai-registered carriers which includes main operators like Thai Airways Worldwide and Thai AirAsia have presently had their AOCs recertified.
TVJA continues to be self-assured it will be able to re-certify its AOC subsequent month, as mentioned before by CAAT director Chula Sukmanop.
That will instantly established into motion the main growth attempts, a TVJA executive mentioned yesterday.
TVJA’s Bangkok-Chiang Rai route did not attribute before when the airline introduced its growth ideas.
Marketplace analysts instructed that route kinds portion of “therapies” prolonged by CAAT for these airways which the authority was unable to re-certify their AOCs by Aug 31 — the bold deadline established by CAAT to appease the ICAO.
Thai civil authorities had before permitted TVJA’s parent Vietnamese carrier to suppose its sole international company — Bangkok-Hai Phong — on its behalf until it gets its AOC recertified.
TVJA at this time operates 3 domestic routes — Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Phuket-Chiang Rai — for which it ramped up frequencies this month.
It is the only carrier functioning direct daily flights amongst Chiang Rai and Phuket.
TVJA commenced scheduled providers in September 2016 with a fleet of 3 Airbus A320 jets.
The airline mentioned it has transported 800,000 passengers so considerably.