The Davao airport mishap should not derail the Philippines’ efforts for an aviation upgrade because similar accidents happen even in first world countries, a Palace official said on Saturday.
Some critics said the country’s aviation industry is not ready for an upgrade following the accident at the Davao international airport where a Cebu Pacific plane skidded off the runway after landing.
“I don’t think that is a one-to-one correspondence. And I don’t think that is proper — the premise would justify the conclusion,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a radio interview.
The government has been looking at different approaches in improving the country’s aviation industry and drawing a conclusion out of the Davao incident would be irresponsible, Lacierda said.
On the contrary, he said the Philippines is getting commendations for its initiatives in modernizing the aviation sector.
“We are taking the proper steps to ensure that we are going to be out of that category and to ensure that we, the Philippines, will be able to handle international standards in our aviation industry,” he said.
The Philippines is undergoing a review by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and EU Commission directorate general for mobility and transport on the safety situation of its aviation industry.
In 2007, the FAA downgraded the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) because of safety and management issues and gave the Philippines a Category-2 status which capped US-bound flights from the Philippines.
The country suffered another blow after the European Union followed suit in 2010, barring Philippine carriers from its airports.
Being in Category 2, Philippine carriers can still fly to the US, but cannot add new routes until all issues are resolved.
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