An aviation safety advisory issued by the US government Tuesday night for American airlines flying to Thailand says that the country’s aviation infrastructure is inadequate to handle a large number of passengers.
In an alert issued at 7:00 p.m.
ET, the Department of Transportation warned that the United States will “not accept international flights from Bangkok to Bangkok and/or other Thai destinations on May 4 due to a lack of air traffic control.”
Thais have complained about the countrys lack of aviation infrastructure in the past.
In 2017, the country suffered a power outage after a series of attacks.
That incident led to a massive exodus of people from Bangkok, leaving behind a devastated city and surrounding provinces, the worst of which is the province of Thongchai.
The city has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
According to Reuters, many of those who left Thailand were seeking safety in the United Kingdom and Australia, where many of the affected countries citizens were travelling to seek work and/an economic boost.
In response, the United Nations declared June 4, 2018 as International Aviation Safety Day.
The advisory was issued after the Department for Homeland Security issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that “due to the severe damage caused to Thailand by the recent attacks and ongoing civil unrest, it is imperative that we provide safe travel to the United State from Thailand to other countries on this day.”
The advisory said that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “will be issuing an update on the status of the safety of US air transportation on June 4 to ensure that the safety and security of the American public are not compromised.”
DHS officials have been working on plans for the day since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The day has been called “Air Week” because the airlines have been scrambling to make up for lost flights and ensure that their passengers can travel to other destinations.