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Aviation authority calling for 20,000 vaccine doses for crew, ground staff

Maya Taylor

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is calling for vaccine doses to protect around 20,000 airline crew and ground staff before the country re-opens to international tourists. The CAAT says it’s vital that those working in the aviation industry are protected and has submitted its request to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

According to Suthipong Kongpool from the CAAT, there are around 20,000 airline employees, including crew and ground staff, who will need to be vaccinated. As 2 doses are required, a total of 40,000 doses are needed to fully protect staff. The Bangkok Post reports that the CAAT will meet on Thursday to review the aviation sector’s readiness for when the country re-opens without international arrivals having to quarantine.

Suthipong says they are seeking enough vaccine doses to protect employees of Thai-registered carriers.

“It’s a confidence-building measure for tourists and those providing the services to them.”

From July, the southern island of Phuket will be the first part of the country to waive quarantine for vaccinated international arrivals, subject to 70% of local residents being vaccinated. The “sandbox” project is a pilot programme that will be expanded to other areas if it proves successful. Between October and the end of the year, 5 other provinces – Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Krabi, Chon Buri, and Chiang Mai – are expected to adopt the programme. Officials hope to be able to re-open the country fully from January 2022.

According to the CAAT, the first foreign visitors expected to return to Phuket will be Chinese tourists, given that country’s success in managing the pandemic. Meanwhile, the CAAT says Thailand will see a 7% increase in air traffic this month compared to last, with a total of 36,150 domestic and international flights.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    “given that country’s success in managing the pandemic” – that’s only if you believe China’s numbers. They might be true but then they have lied about everything since day one. Therefore doing so is done at your own risk.

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    Wayno

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Selfish Thainess to the core. How many pilots and ground crew mix with passengers ? Cabin crew maybe but the rest of them do not need or deserve a vaccination yet, the old and infirm do!

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    Geoff

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    @Wayno – Air crew mix with the public at destinations. Then fly back.

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