Airlines must sell tickets to only COVID-negative passengers for flights to Thailand

- A Monitor Desk Report 18 Jul, 2020 | 519 Views|-+
Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced on July 16 that airlines operating flights to the country must sell tickets only to those passengers who have COVID-19 negative certificate.

The requirement also applies to transit passengers who do not get off the planes in Thailand, said Chula Sukmanop, Director General of CAAT.

The move follows the announcement of banning all flights with COVID-19 infected passengers from transiting through the country after Chinese government temporarily banned two Thai airlines - Thai AirAsia X and Thai Lion Air - for carrying some passengers infected with coronavirus to China earlier.

According to reports, China banned both airlines for a week after some passengers on their flights on July 10 and 13 were found to be infected.

The flights were XJ808 and SL117, from Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta via Bangkok's Don Mueang airport to Tianjin and Guangzhou, China, respectively.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, Spokesman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said both chartered flights made stopovers in Thailand, probably for the rights to fly to China since direct routes from Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta are still banned.

He confirmed that the passengers on both flights remained on their planes during the stopovers. About 5-6 passengers each on the two flights had COVID-19, he added.

The new regulations are aimed at preventing flights that land in Thailand from spreading the new coronavirus. If they are found to have carried COVID-19 patients, they will be immediately blacklisted, said CAAT.

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