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Thailand is first country in Asia to be granted aviation rights by China

Thailand is to be the first country in Asia to be granted the right to park its aircraft in…

Thailand is to be the first country in Asia to be granted the right to park its aircraft in China, Deputy Transport Minister Vichet Kasemthongsri announced today.

Hailing the success of recent aviation negotiations with the Chinese government, Mr. Vichet said that the two sides had agreed to strengthen aviation cooperation, whether in terms of flight frequency, the number of airports where flights were allowed to land, or code sharing.

Under the new `open sky` policy between the two countries, Thailand will be able to launch flights to all Chinese airports, while Chinese aircraft will similarly be able to land at any airport in Thailand.

The agreement will also see the abolition of limitations on the number of flights – both passenger and cargo – between the two countries.

China has also granted Thailand the right to park its passenger, and freight planes at Chinese airports, rather than forcing Thai aeroplanes to return directly to Thailand.

Mr. Vichet said that Thailand was the first country in Asia to have been given such privileges by the Chinese government.

In addition, China will allow Thailand to fly to other regions via China, and to operate code sharing practices with other Thai, Chinese and foreign airlines. (TNA)

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