The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has fined Orient Thai Airlines (OX, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) for the second time in a month regulatory filings have revealed.

The China Aviation Daily reports that for failure to secure Chinese government permission to operate three round-trip passenger flights - Nanning-Phuket, Chengdu-Bangkok Don Mueang and Chongqing-Bangkok - last month, the CAAC fined Orient Thai CNY29,000 (USD4,416).

The measure follows another CNY29,000 fine issued last month pertaining to B737-300 HS-BRI (msn 27138) whose left nose wheel was found to have sheered off following its arrival at Nanning. Orient Thai was also banned, for a period of six months, from opening up any new routes and from serving Chengdu, Xi'an Xianyang, Nanchang, Chongqing and Nanjing. The number of its aircraft certified to serve China was also cut to five.