25th Dec 2019
Two new airlines are set to fly to Thailand next year amid the country’s booming tourism industry.
Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) director-general Chula Sukmanop said that the newcomers are Thai Eastar Jet and Thai Summer Airways.
Thai Eastar Jet is a joint venture company between South Korea-based Eastar Jet and Thai investors while Thai Summer Airways is a joint venture of Chinese and Thai investors.
By January, Thai Eastar Jet is expected to secure CAAT’s air operator certificate while that for Thai Summer’s is in the process.
Sukmanop said the two airlines are allowed to recruit 100 percent of Thai pilots as provided under CAAT’s Air Operating License which does not set the ratio of foreign pilots.
Thai Summer Airways was established last year and is scheduled for commercial operations next year. It is headquartered at U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport.
Meanwhile, Thai Eastar Jet was established only this year and is scheduled for full operations on January 2020. It would use the Boeing 737-800 fleet for its flights between from Bangkok to Maldives and Kaohsiung.