In preparations for the resumption of flights, Thailand's aviation authorities have discussed requirements for airlines when flights can operate.

According to a report on The Bangkok Post, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has set new guidelines upon the resumption of domestic flights – tentatively set to resume on May 1 – at the airport and inflight.

Among the new guidelines, it will include designating empty seats in each row and banning food or beverage service. Passengers will be required to wear their own face masks.

Airlines will also have load factor restrictions with CAAT director Chula Sukmanop stating: “We have required airlines to sell tickets for 70% of the capacity of each plane model by taking into account social distancing. Airlines will have to take this measure into consideration when considering resuming services,”

For flights longer than 90 minutes, one row in the rear of the aircraft will be left vacant and reserved for passengers with flu-like symptions.

Flight crew of Thai-based carriers will be required to wear a face mask, gloves, and face shield.

Aviation authorities in Thailand have stated that two Thai-based carriers – Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air – are eying the resumption of flights pending the decision of some provinces in the country to ease their lockdowns.

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