Thailand is a Member State of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). With a fast-growing economy, Thailand is an important trade partner for the EU and has an important market for tourism. Although Thailand has a considerable origin & destination market for both tourism and business traffic, Bangkok is a major hub with many additional connections towards the region.
On 7 June 2016 the Council authorised the Commission to open comprehensive air transport negotiations with ASEAN. The future EU-ASEAN comprehensive air transport agreement (CATA) will be the first block-to-block air transport agreement and will cover market access as well as a wide range of areas (safety, security, air traffic management, social, consumer and environmental protection, fair competition etc.) where regulatory convergence should gradually be established. The negotiations are currently ongoing.
For further information and figures on EU-Thailand aviation relations and EU aviation in general, please consult the Atlas of the Sky.