PH aviation body fails international evaluation

Rudy Santos of the Philippine Star reports an international aviation body found "significant safety concerns" with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines , which means Philippine aviation will stay under Category 2.

Rudy Santos of the Philippine Star reports an international aviation body found "significant safety concerns" with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines , which means Philippine aviation will stay under Category 2.

 

According to the report, the CAAP failed an evaluation by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which found issues with its "aircraft registration and flight safety inspection."

 

In 2007, ICAO downgraded the now defunct Air Transportation Office to Category 2 from Category 1 citing 89 "significant safety concerns". The CAAP was created to replace the Air Transportation Office and to get Philippine aviation back into Category 1. The downgrade "heavily affected" tourism to the Philippines, the Philippine Star report said.

 

The news of the CAAP’s failure to get a category upgrade came as nine international and three domestic flights had to be diverted from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The flights were diverted to Clark International Airport after a navigational aid at NAIA developed trouble.

 

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