Europe finally allows all Filipino airlines to operate in European airspace

The European Commission now allows all Filipino airlines to operate in the European airspace. The European Commission on June 25 has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

“All airlines from the Philippines, banned since 2010, have been released from the List and are therefore allowed to operate in the European airspace. No new bans have been imposed with this update,” the European Commission said.

“After 5 years of hard work we are finally able to clear the airlines certified in the Philippines from the European Air Safety List. The Philippines is an important country with a sizeable and rapidly growing aviation sector,” said EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc.

Bulc added “today’s result can serve as an example for other countries which have difficulty to match their safety oversight capabilities with the growth of their industry.”

In March 2010, all air carriers from the Philippines were banned from the EU following very poor results from an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audit in 2009 which led to a significant safety concern (SSC) being issued by ICAO.