Indeed, "Hail, Caesar!" But as the first action plan proposed by the Thai Department of Civil Aviation on March 2nd was rejected by the ICAO, because the two year proposed time frame was far too long, The General's ability to cut through Thai bureaucratic prevarication will likely prevent the Indonesian scenario.
I see that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has warned of safety concerns with Thai carriers. In consequence Japan has Japan has blocked new flights from Thailand, existing flight schedules are currently unaffected. Since the Japanese announcement both South Korea and China are now banning new Thai-registered flights and Singapore has imposed strict inspections. Today's Post is suggesting that "Thai carriers could face a similar fate to that of Indonesia in 2007 when the European Union barred all 51 Indonesian airlines from landing on its runways, citing lax safety standards." Bangkok Post Meanwhile the General has promised to use powers written into law after he seized power to set-up a panel that will speed up a restructuring of the industry and change laws and budget allocations. He said "Thai aviation officials had persistently raised problems but politicians had not solved them. This is our mistake and we have to concede that we violated the rules and we must find ways to address the problems." Sydney Morning Herald