Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air plans to launch a subsidiary, Thai Lion Air, in Thailand.
The airline has started recruiting ground staff, pilots and cabin crew for the new airline and plans to base six single-aisle twin-jet Boeing 737-800s at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport.
Thailand’s civil aviation department has confirmed the move but said that Lion Air has not yet applied for an air operator certificate.
Lion Air previously also outlined its plans for launching a subsidiary in Australia. The airline is banned from flying in the US and EU member countries due to safety concerns.
In mid-April 2013, a Lion Air Boeing 737 ended up in sea while taking-off from Bali’s Denpasar International Airport. All passengers escaped safely.