PH removed from European Union’s aviation blacklist

PAL can now resume flights to European countries after being banned for three years.

Darwin Amojelar of reports that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced on Tuesday, July 9, that the European Union (EU) has struck the Philippines off a list of countries that fail to meet international aviation standards.


According to the report, the removal of the country from EU's blacklist means that Philippine Airlines (PAL) can again fly to Europe after being kept off the European airspace since 2010. EU Delegation to the Philippines head Guy Ledoux said the EU lifted the ban "because of the improved safety oversight provided by CAAP and PAL’s effective compliance with relevant aviation safety regulations during an on-site safety assessment held in June." Ledoux added, however, that Cebu Pacific needs to address "some weaknesses" first before it is allowed the same privilege as PAL.


The EU's decision will become effective starting Friday, July 12, 2013.


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