Bangkok Airport's Safety Certificate Is Not Renewed

Aviation authorities have refused to extend an international safety certificate for Bangkok's new international airport, dealing another blow to the problem-plagued facility.

With runway and tarmac repairs at Suvarnabhumi airport under way, the Department of Civil Aviation decided Friday not to renew its interim safety certificate, which expired a day earlier.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, the airport's general manager, said the airport also has yet to set up a safety committee as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization since authorities were "busy resolving others problems."

He said the issue would be discussed at the next board meeting, adding he was confident that the safety certificate would be renewed after the committee was in place.

Local newspapers said problems at the airport, which can legally continue to operate without the certificate, have raised concerns among some foreign pilots. But Somchai said that such fears were not voiced at a meeting of airline representatives Friday.

The safety certificate, known as the Aerodrome Certificate, is a recent move by the ICAO to standardize airport operations around the world, but Thailand has yet to incorporate it into its laws.