Latest aviation devt, one more reason to be Proud
Filipinos travelling abroad can now expect better service from Philippine carriers after the aviation industry received two pieces of positive news yesterday.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) announced that the country has been upgraded to Category 1 by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Caap also confirmed that the EU has lifted the ban on budget carrier Cebu Pacific flights to Europe.
The two news were released only hours apart yesterday.
The changes demonstrate that the Philippines now meets international standards in flight safety and passenger security. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Junior congratulated Caap on the FAA upgrade, saying ‘the riding public can [now] be assured of a safe and convenient travel to the Philippines.’
To upgrade the Philippine’s category, FAA required Caap to modernise ‘ageing equipment and to be able to hire competent and adequately paid technical men.’ As Category 1, the Philippines can now serve more flights to the US.
Meanwhile, EU Chargé d’affaires Julian Vassallo welcomed Cebu Pacific into Europe’s skies, saying the airline has ‘demonstrated their commitment and capacity to adhere to international standards.’ Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei thanked Caap and DOTC for their help in lifting the ban. He clarified that Cebu Pac has ‘not yet made [a] definitive decision on where to fly.
‘But definitely we’d like to serve the one million Filipinos in EU.’
The FAA upgrade and the lifting of the EU ban for Cebu Pac are seen to increase tourism to the Philippines. But more than that, they also show that the government is ready to commit to international demands to prove that, as Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said, it is more fun in the Philippines.
We the riding public would not yet know if the airfares they would be offering would be competitive with the other airlines available now and being used by most Filipinos in Europe. But one thing though is a welcomed development, that is to see our very own flag carrier among all the airlines in the different airports in Europe.