MANILA, Philippines – An upgrade in the country's aviation safety rating will have to wait until next year as US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rescheduled the audit to January 2014 instead.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) declined to give any more details on the matter, including the reason for the postponement of the audit.
The upgrade from Category 2 to Category 1 would allow local carriers to start new flights to the US.
Last July, the European Union removed the Philippine Airlines from its blacklist, citing improved safety standards.
CAAP deputy director general John Andrews earlier expressed confidence that the Philippines will get a safety rating upgrade from the US FAA. FAA teams have visited the country over the past several months to discuss and evaluate aviation safety standards.
The US Embassy also earlier said FAA officials will visit the country to “discuss the Philippines’ return to Category 1 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessments (IASA) Program.”
Currently, the Philippines is classified as a Category 2 country, which means the FAA assessed CAAP as having failed to comply with international safety standards. -- With ANC