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What Went Before: PH airlines ban by EU stemmed from ICAO report

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine airlines were banned from flying to Europe in 2010 due to concerns over the enforcement of aviation safety rules by the country’s regulators.

In its 2010 report, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a regulatory body under the United Nations, raised several “significant safety concerns” involving the Philippine aviation industry, in particular, the poor state of regulation.

The European Aviation Safety Agency used ICAO’s negative findings to bar Philippine airlines’ flights to Europe.

The Philippine government has since worked on improving aviation safety.

In April 2011, it enlisted the aid of Brig. Gen. Tim Neel, a former United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and owner and managing director of US-based aviation consultant Tim Neel & Associates LLC.

In 2007, the Philippines was also downgraded by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to “Category 2” status, which meant Philippine carriers were banned from expanding operations in the United States.

The FAA’s downgrade of the Philippines prompted reforms that led to the dissolution of the Air Transportation Office, which was replaced by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In March, ICAO officially removed the Philippines from its list of member states with unresolved significant safety concerns.

According to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the ICAO Council in its March 7 electronic bulletin said the Philippines had implemented corrective measures in accordance with the mechanism approved by the council to resolve two significant safety concerns—the issuance of air operator certificates and the aircraft registration process.

The removal of the Philippines from ICAO’s list follows the exit briefing held between world body’s inspection team and officials of the CAAP and the DOTC in February.—Inquirer Research

Sources: Inquirer Archives


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  • themask celestial

    Good Job sana laging ganyan

  • UrHONOR

    NOW that the ogre is on house arrest, everyone can now FLY and PLAY…SAFELY.

  • beardedone

    Proved here again that there’s nothing wrong in getting foreign help where help is needed. Airlines from Philippines will now fly to Europe, this will increase business in the country and everyone will win.

    Just need to suck up that national pride and seek momentary professional guidance (not pure money handouts) for other parts of the society as well.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Philippines is a rich country run by killers Gang’s owning the country just like locusts.
    Seas and Forest are already gone for ever, some like JPE and most of the Leaders, Churches included, became filthy rich on same time the country filthy poor and polluted.
    Everything is solved by lies, killing and robbery while the peoples are kept as ignorant as possible with starvations and fake text books.
    What results, 1% with a smart feeling, 99% with a death smell, the all country destroyed for ever, mining excepted.
    Everything has an end, but here it’s the country,
    Prayers never resurrect a dead.

    Arroyo can say it’s a slip of the tongue, the CBCP can say, anyway everybody is cheating.
    What do they will say the day no more water thanks of them ?
    Do Thomas Osmena will save Cebu Water shortage with a Mangkukulam ?
    A bunch of criminal thief’s deserving death penalty, even to be strongly against,
    if a cruel temper like them, let them survive on the Payatas smokey mountain.

    NAIA taxes income is hugh but never enough for locusts.
    This locust temper was injected in the country by the Spanish Clergy on pilfering purposes at the Magellan time, nothing holy !
    The only hope for the Medieval Spanish criminals to escape death penalty was to accept to become Priest in the Philippines,
    look at the results, it isn’t a Paradise, but the Gates of Hell for 99% of the population, environment gone !

    Fake tourism advertisement aren’t enough to change the trend,
    the opposite, it will only dope it.



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