Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has lauded the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on the upgrade of the country’s air safety standards to Category 1 by the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
The reinstatement to Category 1 status means Philippine carriers can open new direct flights which will expand flight services of the Philippines in the U.S. and enhance tourism and economic relationship between the two countries.
“This upgrade cements a landmark era in the Philippine aviation sector. From one major achievement to another in a span of less than two years, the country has made great strides in enhancing its aviation industry to onethat is at par with the best in the world,” Abaya said.
The result of the country’s upgrade to Category 1 status has brought great news to the aviation sector, particularly to major Philippine carriers, complemented with Thursday’s announcement of the European Union lifting the ban on Cebu Pacific Airlines.
Aside from opening more flights to the U.S., Philippine carriers can now add routes to the East Coast, use more efficient planes, and increase flight frequencies to and from the U.S.
In behalf of the national government, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte has also congratulated the achievement made by the DOTC and CAAP in improving the status of the Philippine aviation as it reflects the government’s mandate and ‘can-do attitude’ to ensure public safety and well-being.
“We laud the DOTC and CAAP for the commitment and hard work they have demonstrated in rectifying the lapses and inaction of the past. As they have done this, so too have they instituted a truly service-oriented regime – one which is committed to its mandate of ensuring that our aviationindustry meets international standards,” Valte said. PNA