CAAP denies PH flunked FAA audit

By Coco Alcuaz, ANC

Posted at Feb 11 2014 08:15 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2014 07:12 PM

MANILA – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has denied a media report that its US counterpart has given the Philippines a failing grade in the country's attempt to get clearance to mount more flights.

CAAP deputy director general John Andrews said it's impossible for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have done so because when FAA auditors were in the Philippines in the third week of January, they said it would take them 30 days to write a report.

"That is not true or accurate. That is misinformation," said Andrews.

Andrews said the auditors said they would then submit the report to the FAA, which would take 5 days to study it before passing it on to the state department.

The FAA cut the Philippines from Category 1 to Category 2 in 2008, citing violations of its safety rules.

The cut means the country's carriers can't add more flights to the US, stalling the expansion plans of Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL).

Last year, Europe cleared the Philippines, prompting PAL to launch flights to London, Paris and Rome this year.