Lifting of PH air ban in Europe seen


EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux: We are on a very positive curve. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Negotiations for the lifting of Europe’s blanket air ban against Philippine carriers are “on a very positive curve” as the European Union wants the issue resolved soon in hopes of bolstering trade and tourism with the Philippines, according to the EU ambassador here.

The resumption of the European flights of Philippine carriers is of mutual interest as it would facilitate greater business and people-to-people exchanges between the EU and the Philippines, EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said Thursday.

“I think really we are on a very positive curve. I mean the first major achievement was the lifting of the safety concern by Icao (International Civil Aviation Organization) earlier this year,” Ledoux told reporters.

“I think what is important is that a very important dialogue has been reestablished,” he said.

Two days previously, transport officials from the European Commission met in Brussels with representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific to discuss the remedies that the Philippine side has implemented to bring airline safety measures at par with EU standards.

The Philippines passed the Icao’s safety audit in February, ending three years of being listed among the countries deemed of “significant safety concern” by the international aviation regulator.

The negative Icao assessment prompted the EU to ban Philippine carriers from flying to Europe in 2010.

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  • disqusted0fu

    For certain, the Aquino administration will again brag about this along with one of Pnoy’s catchphrases that the “PH will be soaring high”. But let’s bring the admin’s feet right back on the ground a little bit… because they have yet to improve the most vital problems of the PH which are poverty and unemployment, along with corruption in the government.

    • tilney

      Your comment is out of line..The fact that Pnoy Govt has done the necessary procedures to remove the safety concern by ICAO, it is only right that EU has to remove the ban to enable PAL and Cebu Pacific , Philippines carriers to resume flights to Europe.

      Poverty along with unemployment and corruptions in govt will take time to be eradicated, our country has to grow minimum of 6%GDP yearly and inflation below 3% for ten years if we want to follow Singapore.

    • panhase

      You are so right, they have to solve these vital problems that the previous governments refused to solve in 69 years. One guy was even president from 1965 to 1986 and did not solve any of these problems during his reign.

  • Pinoy Bodoh

    You mean there’s been a blanket ban on philippines airlines flying to Europe??? Jeez..I wonder why…snigger

  • akoombulator

    isaksak mo sa baga mo yang category 2 ninyo buti nga nagkanda bagsak mga ekonomiya nyo yan ang karma bwananyo e. u.

  • mark1205

    If European skies are open for our airlines, one thing is a must– beautify the ageing NAIA T1 and eliminate all the corrupt practices. And the best thing to do– start building a new gateway to the country! Whether it is in Clark or anywhere else.

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