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CAAP must act to lift Japan, Korea flight restrictions on PH carriers – senator

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – After its successful bid to lift the European Union ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) should now act immediately to lift the Japanese and Korean flight restrictions on Philippine carriers, a senator said on Thursday.

The air restrictions prevented Cebu Pacific and the Philippine Airlines to expand air operations in Japan and South Korea.

While the lifting of the EU ban was laudable and “heartening,” the  CAAP should be more  “aggressive” to   lift  the restrictions on  two other countries, said Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., chairman of the Senate committee on public services and joint congressional oversight committee on the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (COCAAP).

“The next most immediate goal is to totally lift the EU ban, and the lifting of the Japanese and Korean restrictions,” Revilla said.

“While there have been no formal responses from both countries regarding our requests to have the restrictions lifted, they have remained bullheaded and refused to act,” he said.

The challenge for CAAP, Revilla said, was to “continue the momentum.”

“Our work is far from finished. But after five years, it is heartening to see positive results.  We must be more aggressive,” said the senator.

The restrictions came after the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) downgraded the Philippines from Category 1 to Category 2 in 2007.

FAA Category 2 status, Revilla said, prevented the expansion and addition of flights to the United States, while the EU restrictions banned PAL from entering its airspace.

Both, he said, were due to the Philippines’ non-compliance with international safety standards.


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  • concernedofw02

    at ano naman ang nagawa mo sa mga pangyayaring eto? ha?.. now you will get the credit? .. what a nuisance Senator..!!….

    • wafu

      tatakbong presidente e, hahahaha cheap shot syempre

    • jacknpoy

      Face-to-face lang ang peg ni senator… ateng amy, kunan ng reaksyon ang mga sawsawero at sawsawera… lolz

  • Milesaway

    Cebu Pacific flying route to Japan? Are you kidding me wala lang talagang choice kung bakit sumasakay ako sa Cebu Pacific HK-Clark ang PAL naman nakakabwisit din biruhan mo hindi ka pwede lumipat ng upuan basta ano seat no. dun ka lang 50-70% full lang naman ang upuan nila. Yes I agree during take-off or landing dun ka sa designated seat mo but during the flight I think it is reasonable pwede ka lumipat.
    Mr. Panday wala po yata sa hulog ang proposal nyo? Better, alisin din yung restriction sa atin pwede na yung Bristish, Canadian, Gulf Air at Emirates Airlines via Hong Kong ang saya nun. Forget PAL si Lucio Tan lang naman kumikita dun.

    • berong es

      bat naman wala kang choice kundi CP lang sa HK-Clark? andyan yung tigerairlines,airasia,etc.

      pwede naman lumipat ng upuan sa PAL at kahit anong airlines pag nasa itaas na yung airplane a….baka ikaw lng ang binabawalan dahil pinupunit mo yung mga upuan.jok.hehehehe.pis.

    • wilfredo h. villena

      Ang alam ko pre San Miguel na ang may ari ng PAL, anong decada ka ba nag travel?

      • Milesaway

        I think if I’m not mistaken wala pa yung Terminal 2 & 3 nun. joke!
        Sorry 2 years na akong hindi dumadaan Manila puro Clark lang ako.

  • Johnny

    Tanggalin si Bong sa senado. Di nman magaling yan eh. Wag n natin renew sayang lang pera nating lahat sa kanya.

    Wrong investment si Bong. Wala nman good ROI.

  • BURADOR

    If Japan and Soth Korea WILL NOT LIFT its BAN on Philippines air carriers–
    then ITS PURELY UNFAIR COMPETITION and the Philippines HAVE to RETALIATE—-

    • foreignerph

      Those countries want to protect their passengers against PH unsafe airlines that let people rot in a crashed fuselage for 15 minutes just to save money on deploying the sliders.

      • BURADOR

        STUPID comments—-ASIANA airlines HAD just CRUSH in San Francisco with DEAD passengers and hundred injured—–Philippine never had a disastrous passenger air CRUSH in decades—–
        so your argument is PLAIN IGNORANT—

      • Guest

        An Asiana airline had just crashed in SFO….Phil never had a disastrous passenger airline crash in decades…

      • Guest

        Romantic daw ang airline. it had a crush.

  • wilfredo h. villena

    Senador pala si Panday, kelan pa?

  • Siako Estrangero

    LOL this article. simply put… e-PAL

  • delpillar

    bago pa na-ban ang Pilipinas sa Japan at Korea ay talagang kulang ang byahe ng PAL at Cebu Pacific.

    Hindi kayang punuan ng PAL at CP ang slots na ibinigay ng JAPAN sa Pilipinas.
    Ang reason nila noon ay wala silang sapat na eroplano at sapat na number of passengers kahit i-open pa ang linya.

    10 or more years ago, ang JAL ay dalawwa ang flights ng papuntang Manila at dalawa rin ang Flights pabalik ng Japan. Ganito rin ang entitlement ng PAL the whole Philippine carriers as the CONTRACT OF RECIPROCITY. Pero more than 10 years ago pa hindi nagdadagdag ng eroplano ang PAL.

    May byahe rin ang JAL from NAGOYA, OSAKA, FUKUOKA to the Philippines pero hindi sya mapantayan ng PAL. Once a day lang ang kanyang byahe to-and-from TOKYO and MANILA.

    KALOKOHAN lang ang rason na GUSTONG MAG-EXPAND ng PAL at CP.
    Hindi pa nga kayang tuntunan ang current entitlement na binigay ng Japan, expansion kaagad ang nasa kukute nyo.

    Hindi ito alam ni SENATOR ang totoong nangyari.
    At one point in 2006-2007, nagsabi ang Japan sa Pilipinas na kapag hindi nyo ni-fill-out ang slot na binigay namin sa inyo ay ibibigay namin sa iba. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa ibinibigay ng Japan ang unfilled-slots ng Philippine carriers.

  • judefawley

    What is Bong Revilla has to do with CAAP? Wala naman syang maitulong sa Philippine Aviation

    • Guest

      He’s the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services and Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the CAAP. He has regulatory and budgetary influences over the agency and other agencies that provide services to the public.

      • RJR

        Has he been diligently doing his job as the Chairman?

      • judefawley

        How surprising. This is the first time i heard this senator make statements about the CAAP. Through the years the department has encountered problems that resulted in the country being downgraded to category 2 and banned our airlines from flying to EU, I never heard any statements or comments from this senator! Baka naman ankinin nya ang achievement ng CAAP, now that EU lifted its ban on our airlines.

    • izakyakov

      nagbibigay lang ng suggestion para icontinue ng CAAP yung momentum ng pagkakalift ng ban ng EU sa Pinas.

      • judefawley

        He is not qualified to give suggestions to the CAAP. He doesn’t know anything about the country’s civil aviation.

      • izakyakov

        cge na nga.. :-)



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