Manila, Philippines – Following the European Union’s announcement today (10 July 2013) that it is lifting the ban which prevents Philippine air carriers from operating new flights to Europe, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya made the following statement:
“The European Commission (EC) has cleared the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which means that the EC may now rely on CAAP’s judgment regarding the safety standards being implemented by airlines used by EU citizens within the country.
“EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux attributes this development to the ‘improved safety oversight provided by competent authorities of the Philippines,’ which serves as an assurance to the public of the country’s compliance with international aviation safety standards.
“Philippine Airlines has also been allowed to operate flights to the EU again, while Cebu Pacific will have the opportunity to be reevaluated within six months.
“We anticipate this lifting of the EU ban to have a significant impact on the country’s economic thrust, and look forward to greater ties with the EU community.”
Secretary Abaya also congratulated the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) under the leadership of Director General William K. Hotchkiss III, for another major achievement in raising the country’s aviation safety standards to internationally-accepted levels.