NOKSCOOT - a joint venture between Singapore's Scoot and Thailand's Nok Air - has secured a nod from Thailand's aviation authorities, bringing it a step closer to taking off and tapping the growing passenger network in that region.
NokScoot, Thailand's latest medium to long-haul budget carrier, officially received approval from the country's Department of Civil Aviation for the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) on Oct 30.
With that, the carrier which was earlier granted Air Transport Service License from the transport ministry there, has met all requirements, said the firm in a statement.
The AOC paves the way for the carrier's application for operating permits and slots to its intended international routes.
NokScoot chief executive Piya Yodmani said the airline will "promptly" submit an application for a foreign air carrier permit to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.
"Traffic flow between Japan and Thailand is growing continuously year by year. We aim to bring the low cost carrier market new value, choices and customised travel experience. We hope to launch our service to serve the demand of passengers as soon as possible," he added.
The commencement date of commercial operations will be announced when the operating permits and slots are obtained.