Philippines, Venezuela carriers allowed back into EU skies


EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux (left), head of the delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, announces to the press on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, that Europe will be open again to Philippine Airlines. The European Union, also on Wednesday, announced it was allowing Venezuela’s Conviasa back into European airspace on the grounds of improved safety and compliance with EU regulations. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

BRUSSELS—The European Union on Wednesday allowed carriers Philippines Airlines and Venezuela’s Conviasa back into European airspace on the grounds of improved safety and compliance with EU regulations.

The EU executive, the European Commission, removed the two from a blacklist—the EU air safety list—after slapping an operational ban on the Filipino flag-carrier in 2010 and on Conviasa in 2012.

The decision to lift the bans was an element of the EU’s updated list which now leaves 280 airlines from 20 states still barred from flying in the EU.

“Today we confirmed our willingness to remove countries and airlines from the list if they show real commitment and capacity to implement international safety standards in a sustainable manner,” said the EU’s Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas.

Earlier in Manila, EU ambassador Guy Ledoux said Philippines Airlines will be allowed to fly into the 28-member bloc from Friday, which will spur tourism and business links.

“This is a tremendous achievement in such a short period of time,” Ledoux said.

He added that the EU would conduct further reviews so other Philippine carriers would also be able to fly to Europe as well.

“This decision is very encouraging and is the first success of CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) and Philippine Airlines,” he told reporters.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    Strangely, Caracas is the World most criminal city,
    to be worst than Manila is possible…

    • Guest

      CountryCrime RateUnited States11,877,218United Kingdom6,523,706Germany6,507,394France3,771,850Russia2,952,370Japan2,853,739South Africa2,683,849Canada2,516,918Italy2,231,550India1,764,630

      • AlexanderAmproz

        If not population pro rata, it has no significations,
        Singapore, HK, Northern Europe or Switzerland are ok for peoples living there.
        The Philippines crimes habits are a US colonial inheritance from the “Heroic” Arthur MacArthur and General Jacob Smith, when killing 40% of the population.
        In few weeks they kill more than the Spaniards during hundreds of years, but the Yankee where well trained after killing 50 Millions Amerindians.

    • ReneV

      you are clearly hurting. the EU just allowed the Philippines to have carriers to fly to their countries. even the EU executives are happy about it. so what are you going to do about it?

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Sorry to have hurt you
        What is really hurting, is to see what happened to the Pearl of Asia and to what was a wonderful and superb country drown in hopelessness and totally destroyed by an insane greedy leadership owned by very few irresponsibles under a pitiless colonial control.
        Aside world beauties ravaged for ever, there is uncountable unfair sufferances toward the weakest, shockingly some saying this is a Christian country, its overboard abusive on abuses purposes.
        PAL is even not a shadow of what it was before Marcos.

        A wake up call is urgent, probably too late.

      • Garo Ungaro

        We been there?..Would it be better to think more positive and optimistic about something?…not just whine and complain..? Everybody is doing something?…

  • TV

    Not surprising development given PAL’s recent order for new Airbus jets worth billions of dollars.

  • Garo Ungaro

    Its all about good business move by EU…?

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