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Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and AEROTHAI held a press conference on “Airspace Management Cooperation and New Southern Routes” on 14 March 2019 at Rama Garden Hotel Bangkok, as a significant milestone for civil and military cooperation.

Mr. Somnuk Rongthong, AEROTHAI President said; “AEROTHAI has considered airspace as the crucial resource that should be deliberately managed. RTAF and AEROTHAI worked together under the principle of ‘Flexible Use of Airspace’ in terms of both strategic and operational level according to the framework of ICAO. Moreover, the Provision-Directorate of Civil - Military ATM Coordination or P-DCMAC and Airspace Management Cell was setup to jointly make decision on airspace management.”

While last year the Thai Cabinet took another step forward to approve the National Airspace Policy, in order to devise measures to meet growing air traffic demand, for flexible use in civil aviation and security, in response to their airspace changes. The airspace situation including high demand in air traffic stimulated AEROTHAI to cope with this challenge dynamically. Recently, AEROTHAI has taken further step to maximize airspace management. AEROTHAI has redesigned the southern routes, especially to the well-known tourist destination, while RTAF has adjusted the restricted areas to support the new routes.

AEROTHAI President, added; “According to 5-year record, the southern routes to Phuket, Trang, Krabi, and Surat Thani, monthly accommodated 12,400 flights or 400 flights a day, equivalent to 31% of the domestic flights, and AEROTHAI found increasing air traffic demand. This was the reason why the routes should be restructured and redesigned, while the present flight volume is 600 flights a day. The new routes are expected to boost up the capacity to 1,000 flights a day. Moreover, one-way air traffic management will also enable utmost safety and efficiency for airspace users.”
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