• CAAP to hire more plane inspectors

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    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) plans to hire additional aircraft inspectors for the growing fleet of local carriers.

    According to CAAP Deputy Director General John Andrews, there is a need to hire highly-trained personnel as aircraft operators plan to expand their fleet following the lifting by the European Union of the ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL).

    The delisting of the Philippines from the International Civil Aviation Organization’s roster of countries with significant safety concerns was instrumental towards regaining the European Union’s ban on Philippine carriers lifted.

    The lifting of the ban also allows PAL to resume flights to Europe after an absence of 15 years.

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    Andrews said that PAL had ordered at least 100 new aircraft as part of its expansion program.

    The CAAP is also poised to give incoming air inspectors a higher salary to encourage them to join the government agency.

    Benjie L. Vergara

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