Cathay Air has cancelled the scheduled flight from Bangkok to Manila, citing a “safety concern” with the flight.

According to Cathay, the flight was due to depart at 12.30pm local time (10.30am AEST) on Thursday.

“As soon as we received this communication, we decided to cancel the flight, with no further explanation,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“It was decided to reschedule the flight for the coming week.

This was a safety concern.”

Cathay Air’s Thai subsidiary, Cathay Pacific Airways, is the world’s second-largest airline.

It is operated by Thai-based Amadeu Airways and AirAsia Group.

Last year, Cathays chief executive, Michael Goktay, faced backlash for suggesting that airlines would be forced to hire foreign workers to boost passenger numbers.

“We need more than a million new jobs to get the economy going again,” he told a conference.

“If we are not prepared to have the most efficient and efficient carriers, then what are we going to do?”

If you are not willing to work with other countries, then we are going to be forced out of business.

“In March, Cathaya Airlines also cancelled its scheduled flight to Beijing after safety concerns were raised.