The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced nine new guidelines and rules that airlines must abide by when domestic flights resume on the planned date of May 1st.
Flights had been banned in Thailand due to the coronavirus pandemic until the end of April. However, with the number of covid-19 cases reducing dramatically over the past days, many domestic airlines plan to resume flying next week after the end of the current state of emergency.
Following a meeting between CAAT and representatives from 20 airlines, the following nine guidelines have been put in place to help reduce the spread of coronavirus upon resumption of flying.
- Distancing rules to apply to seat layouts including keeping the middle seats free in rows.
- Passengers who have a temperature of more than 37.3 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to fly.
- Physical distancing will be strictly implemented during check-in and embarking/disembarking procedures.
- The number of passengers allowed on airside transfer buses will be reduced and social distancing will be encouraged while riding the buses.
- Passengers must wear a mask at all times from the moment they enter the airport, while they are on the flight, and after disembarking.
- Food and drinks will not be served on any flights and are not permitted to bring on board.
- Special seats will be assigned to passengers who are considered “at-risk” for flights that last 90 minutes or longer.
- Crew and staff members must wear face masks, face shields, and gloves at all times.
- Routes will be available depending on the decision of each location to ease lockdown measures.
Source: Facebook/PR Thai Government