Thai Vietjet Air, a branch of the Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet Air, is expected to take off next month after obtaining an air operator's certificate from the Thai Civil Aviation Department within two weeks.

The airline, with 51 percent owned by Thailand 's Kannithi Aviation and 49 percent by Vietjet Air, was announced to be set up 18 months ago, however, it has to wait until now to secure the certificate, a kind of licence using aircraft for commercial purposes, to begin operation with charter flights and then scheduled services.

Thai Vietjet Air conducted a successful proving flight, the last part of the assessment by authorities before issuing an certificate, on October 25 with a round trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, according to Bangkok Post newspaper.

President of Kannithi Aviation Somphong Sooksanguan was quoted as saying that the carrier plans to operate a series of charter flights from the Bangkok to Vietnam and India on November 15 and then scheduled flights on two initial routes, from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket on December 15.

An Airbus 320-200 jet is available in Thailand now to support the launch of Thai Vietjet Air and another of the same type is expected to be delivered soon to prepare for the forthcoming high-season travel demand in the country.-VNA