UPDATE 2-Thailand spared from EU's blacklist of airlines
* EASA expresses concern about Thai air safety oversight
* European Commission says will monitor Thai safety record (Adds comments from Thai Airways President and Thai Transport Minister)
By Julia Fioretti
BRUSSELS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) expressed concern about Thailand's air safety oversight on Thursday but not did include any Thai carriers in an updated list of airlines banned from flying in the European Union.
Some analysts had expected the EU could follow the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which last week downgraded Thailand's safety ratings, saying the Thai civil aviation body had failed to tackle flaws in its commercial aviation standards.
The EU says it makes an overall assessment of a country's aviation system when assessing which carriers can fly into the bloc.
Thai Airways International, which flies to 11 destinations in the EU, is the only Thai airline that currently flies into the 28-member bloc. The European Commission, the EU executive arm which works with EASA, said it would monitor Thailand's safety record.
"If the protection of air passengers against safety risks so requires, the Commission could then propose to include one or more air carriers from Thailand in the Air Safety List," the Commission said in a statement.
Thai Airways president Charumporn Jotikasthira told reporters the decision was a relief, but "going forward, we have a lot of homework to do given EASA will monitor closely and review every six months." Continuación...