Philippines gets all clear from FAA, EC

Philippines-based carriers have been given the thumbs up on safety from both the US and European air safety authorities meaning either flights can now be undertaken or additional route and aircraft types can be added.


EC Philippines gets all clear from FAA


Philippines-based carriers have been given the thumbs up on safety from both the US and European air safety authorities meaning either flights can now be undertaken or additional route and aircraft types can be added. On 9 April the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and as such was granted a Category 1 rating based on a March 2014 FAA review of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The country previously held a Category 1 rating until January 2008, when it was downgraded to a Category 2. A Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority – equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters – is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures.

With the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating, the Philippines’ air carriers can add flights and service to the US. Philippine Airlines had one service to the US under the Category 2 rating but was unable to alter the route or aircraft type flying the route and could not add additional services. Philippine low cost carrier Cebu Pacific, which has recently begun long haul flights to Dubai based on a strategy of flying to destinations with large overseas Filipino communities, is tipped to seek air rights to fly to the US.