Formed in 2011 and started operations in 2012. Scheduled & Charter, domestic, regional, & international, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
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THAILAND (KINGDOM OF THAILAND) COVERS AN AREA OF 513,115 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BANGKOK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS THAI.
December 2013: City Airways (GTA) operates domestic and scheduled charter flights from its Bangkok Suvarnabhumi base, Phuket and Don Muang to destinations in China, including Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Nanning, and Ningbo.
(IATA) Code: E8. (ICAO) Code: GTA.
August 2014: Safety concerns and worries over lax airplane maintenance forced the grounding of a Hong Kong-backed regional airline, that has left hundreds of holidaymakers from the city stranded in Phuket, Thailand, Thai officials have said.
Aviation authorities in Thailand have revoked landing rights for City Airways (GTA) and the airline (which has been operating regular flights since October 2012) asked Hong Kong to cancel its parking slots at Chek Lap Kok airport.
"We were concerned about passenger safety following a report that revealed that City Airways (GTA) has not been following proper procedures during maintenance on their planes," Santi Pawai, the Director of the Ministry of Tourism & Sports Phuket office, told the "Phuket Gazette."
The latest developments effectively ground the airline, as it can no longer use three of the five airports it serves: Hong Kong, Phuket, and Bangkok's Don Mueang International. Flight schedules for the two mainland airports it serves (Nanchang Changbei International Airport and Nanjing Lukou International Airport) do not mention City Airways (GTA).
John Findlay, a former General Secretary of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, said: "Safety comes first. It's absolutely correct that they have suspended operations.
"But the Thai authorities have to investigate first before the Hong Kong Civil Aviation department is in a position to act. It's often the case, that shortcutting in safety, maintenance is a cost-cutting strategy."
The Travel Industry Council said that it had not been informed of the status of the passengers in Phuket.
Thai officials scheduled two replacement flights from Phuket to Bangkok.
A Civil Aviation Department spokesman would only say that City Airways (GTA) "was designated by the Thai aviation authority to operate scheduled services between Thailand and Hong Kong."
City Airways (GTA) had offered routes from Don Mueang and Phuket to Hong Kong, and also to tier-two cities Nanjing and Nanchang on the China mainland. It had also flagged Thailand tourist destination, Koh Samui as its next target for route expansion.
To this date, there is no ban in place on China destinations from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). However, in October 2013, Nanjing Lukou International Airport denied a City Airways (GTA) pilot (FC) permission to fly from its facilities, due to an alleged paperwork irregularity.
(GTA) is one of a crop of new, regional carriers that have set up operations out of Don Mueang, now Bangkok’s de facto low cost carrier (LCC) hub. Launched in 2012 with a single 737-400 running a Bangkok - Hong Kong route, (GTA) has expanded to five current destinations.
However, as a result of the loss of landing rights, (GTA) has suspended operations from its Thai bases, and the denial of access to its major hubs has seen (GTA) airplanes immobilized at Phuket and Don Mueang.