PH confident carriers can fly to US, Europe this year


Posted at Apr 24 2013 05:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2013 01:29 AM

MANILA -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is confident bans imposed on local carriers by the US Federal Aviation Authority and the European Union will be lifted following on-site visits from said international aviation bodies.

CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss III said the government wants the bans lifted "hopefully within the year."

The FAA is set to visit the country in May while the EU will send its representative in June.

The FAA in 2008 placed the Philippines in "category 2" rating, while the EU blacklisted the country in 2010. Both actions have prohibited domestic carriers to mount or expand operations in the US and to members of the EU.

Last February, the International Civil Aviation Organization lifted its "significant safety concern" slapped on the Philippines.

Hotchkiss noted that following ICAO's recent action, the country is on "a very positive curve."