Thailand’s seaplane tourism venture set for December

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Deputy Minister of Transport Manaporn Charoensri paved the way for Thailand’s first seaplane tourism venture yesterday in Phuket, by inaugurating a three-day workshop titled First Seaplane Operations Toward Thailand’s Aviation Hub.

Manaporn asserted that the initiative was in line with Prime Minister Settha Thavisin’s policies focused on revitalising the national economy, enhancing air transportation efficiency, and positioning Thailand as a regional aviation hub.

The seaplane operations are expected to not only increase tourism and generate income for the country but also play a pivotal role in medical support, public health, and disaster relief due to their efficiency and speed.

The Ministry of Transport, as detailed in Section 1 of its operating policy “Transport opens the door for trade and tourism: Creating a hub for connecting all dimensions of travel,” is committed to strengthening the potential of the nation’s airports and air transport.

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Manaporn elaborated on the policy, stating that it encourages collaboration across all sectors to establish concrete seaplane operations in Thailand by the end 2of 024.

Suttipong Kongpool, the Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), present at the workshop launch, emphasised the CAAT’s main mission of regulating flight operation safety and airport standards.

He assured that the CAAT was prepared to support projects related to sea airports and temporary landing areas for aircraft on water, adhering to international aviation standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Nopasit Chakpitak, the President and CEO of Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Co Ltd (Aerothai) spoke about Aerothai’s exploration of providing maritime aircraft control services as a new form of air transport.

He emphasised that the initiative would not only serve as an alternative for tourists but also efficiently support medical assistance, public health, and disaster relief efforts.

The workshop intended to foster understanding and cooperation among agencies regarding roles, duties, requirements, laws, regulations, and coordination processes to ensure the standard and safety of seaplane operations.

Such collaboration is deemed essential for advancing the aviation industry, bolstering the economy, and cementing Thailand’s position as the region’s aviation hub, reported Phuket News.

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