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Total ban by the European Union on all Philippine carriers

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RP insists airlines safe amid EU ban
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100401-261881/RP-insists-airlines-safe-amid-EU-ban

By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:38:00 04/01/2010

MANILA, Philippines—They’re safe! Basta!

Reacting to a total ban by the European Union (EU) on all Philippine carriers, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Wednesday insisted that the country’s airlines were compliant with international standards.

“Even if the Philippines is listed by the EU it does not mean that Philippine aircraft are unsafe. Our aircraft meet the international standards in safety, particularly planes manufactured by Airbus, Boeing, ATR, Bombardier and others. It’s a matter of adopting the internationally accepted audit procedures,” CAAP director general Alfonso Cusi said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) placed the Philippine aviation community on a “watch list” and, as a precautionary measure, imposed an operating ban on all Philippine-registered air carriers flying in and out of the EU.

“In view of the significant safety concerns identified by the International Civil Aviation Organization in relation to the authorities, the commission with the unanimous support of the air safety committee is forced to follow the principle of precaution and impose an operating ban on all air carriers licensed in the Philippines,” the EC said.

278 airlines

The EC acts as the executive branch of the 27-member EU, which comprises most countries on the European continent.

Philippine carriers will be under the total ban along with their counterparts from Sudan, according to the 13th update of the listing.

The two countries join 15 others already under the EU’s total ban. These are Angola, Benin, the two Congos, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland and Zambia.


A total of 278 airlines are covered by the ban.

The EU said it was willing to help the Philippines improve compliance.

Safety first

“Safety comes first. We are ready to support countries that need to build up technical and administrative capacity to guarantee the necessary standards in civil aviation. But we cannot accept that airlines fly into the EU if they do not fully comply with international safety standards,” the Commission’s vice president Siim Kallas of Estonia, said.

Kallas said the EC acknowledges the recent efforts launched by the “competent authorities” to reform the civil aviation system in the Philippines and steps taken to address “safety deficiencies.” It also noted measures taken by Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific to ensure safety of operations.

Early this month, Cusi led a delegation of aviation officials to Brussels to persuade the EU not to blacklist the Philippines.

He said the EU based its analysis on the result of the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) which downgraded the Philippines from Category 1 to Category 2 on safety ratings in November 2007 and also on the ICAO audit last October, where the Philippines got a “significant safety concern” mark.

Strict compliance

“I have invited the EU aviation safety committee to come here to the Philippines for a reinspection this May to show that we have corrected the problems that they have raised,” Cusi said.

Cusi, who became CAAP chief on March 10, ordered strict compliance with the post audit certification. He also directed the immediate hiring of 47 qualified technical personnel for the agency’s Flight Standards Inspectorate Service and told all small domestic air firms that they would be grounded if they are not certified by December 2010.

He also ordered heightened surveillance inspection of air operators conducting international flight.

Cusi said the total ban will not affect current operations of any Philippine airline.

Last PAL flight in ’99

The only airline registered and flying in and out of the EU was PAL, whose last flight to Europe was in 1999, he added.

Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, head of the EC delegation to the Philippines, said in a statement Wednesday that the EC was ready to support corrective actions and compliance with international safety standards by the CAAP.

This support, said MacDonald, could include an expert visit to review the safety performance of the major operators and the oversight exercised by the CAAP, before it reconsiders the ban in the future. With a report from Cynthia D. Balana
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  • You see, pag nasa private na yun mga airlines nyo at mga state properties, what can the government do to improve the image of the Pinas?

    Ang hirap no??? Isang walang kwentang gobyerno at incompetent at mga negosyante na mayaman na wala pake naman sa "image" of the Pinoys....



    *okay*
  • peterinpeterin PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    How could the Philippines become this low?

    It looks like the credibility of the Arroyo presidency has rubbed on all that is government and businesses that carry the Philippine label!!!!

    That includes the standing of Filipinos in the world community. Is that why many feel treated like trash outside our borders?

    I whope the next presidency will work to mend this, and PGMA bows out of the national scene.
  • ArnoldZArnoldZ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Wonder what specific safety standards and practices are in question here?

    Mechanical aspects of the plane or implementation of admisitrative policies against terrorists? Sanitary standards, of food and plane facilities? Competent pilots and flight attendants?

    Probably all of the above.
  • oh.. i thought Manny Pacquiao helps our image abroad?
  • peterin wrote: »
    How could the Philippines become this low?

    It looks like the credibility of the Arroyo presidency has rubbed on all that is government and businesses that carry the Philippine label!!!!

    That includes the standing of Filipinos in the world community. Is that why many feel treated like trash outside our borders?

    I whope the next presidency will work to mend this, and PGMA bows out of the national scene.

    blame the gov't na naman... hindi naman state-owned ang airlines natin.
  • nikkilovenikkilove PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    imho, yes the Airlines is not state owned, but it should impose stricter regulations as to the safety of our carriers. lalo na it carries the name of our country.

    Kelan ba may hulig bumagsak na PAL. Minsan ganyan naman ang mga yan, mataas ang mga tingin sa sarili, kala mo sila ang gold standard of everything.

    parang yung isa kong katrabahong Kano, ang yabang yabang kala mo napakagaling, tapos nakapatay ng pasyente, buti nga sa kanya. swerte nya wala ng pamilya yung pasyente at walang humabol sa kanya.

    kelangan talaga walang butas na makita ang mga yan. mahilig sa ganyan ang mga Europeans at Amerikano, pag sila ang nagkulang, baliwala, isolated case lang daw, fluke, pero pag iba, exaggerated mag react.

    kaya sige bili lang ng bili ng mga European and foreign products. Habang pinapayaman natin sila tayo naman hinahamak ng husto.
  • ACQUARIAN wrote: »
    oh.. i thought Manny Pacquiao helps our image abroad?


    REally? he does?


    While the Pinoys constantly bash his family in the media and on the web. Pictures of her mother being photoshop and laugh at and questioning his motive whether it's for money, fame or politics?


    Talent comes money....and the Pinoys are good at pulling down talents...crab mentality is all over your country...


    Philippines DO NOT deserve to have world heroes and talents...pinoys do not have the right attitude to respect these people...


    Rather than being appreciated as the HERO for Efren, he is being criticize his crush on Angel.


    However, isang abnormal with ZERO accomplishment ginawang "most trusted politician" in REader's Digest....


    kung hindi ba katawa-tawa.... :lol:
  • QT IIQT II PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ACQUARIAN wrote: »
    oh.. i thought Manny Pacquiao helps our image abroad?

    Hello? Europeans would rather watch a Premier League match than some over-priced, over-hyped fist-fest.
  • LOL

    Quantas Airlines nga sunod sunod ang problema sa mga eroplano nila, pati rin British Airways lagi na lang may strike. Oh i know, they are run by whites! :hmm:
  • altairaltair PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    JB1210 wrote: »
    blame the gov't na naman... hindi naman state-owned ang airlines natin.

    yeah but the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (dating ATO) is a government entity. Around the world, governments run civil aviation authorities (e.g. FAA in the US, Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Korea, etc)
  • -=Sniper=--=Sniper=- PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    at mga negosyante na mayaman na wala pake naman sa "image" of the Pinoys....

    But aren't most "Filipino" owned businesses run by pure-blooded Chinese? :hmm:
  • -=Sniper=- wrote: »
    But aren't most "Filipino" owned businesses run by pure-blooded Chinese? :hmm:

    Mostly but not all...

    But it's still the job of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines which is run by the government to do their necessary job and check if those airlines did meet the "safety" requirements.


    Kagaya nga sabi ko....Kung ikaw negosyante abala mo lang is to make money. But above all, you still have the law to follow and quality to achieve. But what if the "law" don't give a damn about the quality? Who are to blame here?


    Parang teacher lang yan eh...Kung ang teacher sa high school ay tamad mag check ng test paper, basta lang pinasa ang students, sino meron kasalanan pag isang araw hindi makapasa sa entrance exam yun student sa mga big universities? :hmm:
  • LimpBwiZitLimpBwiZit PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Expect EU to impose "soft sanctions" against the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries as it tries to compete with China and the US and position itself as the principal trading partner of the emerging economies of Southeast Asia, especially now that british Airways, Austrian Air, Swiss Air, Alitalia, and even the once mighty Lufthansa are collapsing or have collapsed.

    EU didn't unify for nothing.

    It's called consolidation of economic power. And economic muscle is nothing if not flexed.

    Regionalism is the way! Go ASEAN!!!
  • latundan wrote: »

    Philippine carriers will be under the total ban along with their counterparts from Sudan, according to the 13th update of the listing.

    The two countries join 15 others already under the EU’s total ban. These are Angola, Benin, the two Congos, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland and Zambia.

    How low can we go? :grrr: Kalevel natin yung mga countries na ngayon ko lang narinig...
  • Dibale na, magaling naman tayo sa sayawan at kantahan
  • -=Sniper=--=Sniper=- PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Mostly but not all...

    But it's still the job of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines which is run by the government to do their necessary job and check if those airlines did meet the "safety" requirements.


    Kagaya nga sabi ko....Kung ikaw negosyante abala mo lang is to make money. But above all, you still have the law to follow and quality to achieve. But what if the "law" don't give a damn about the quality? Who are to blame here?


    Parang teacher lang yan eh...Kung ang teacher sa high school ay tamad mag check ng test paper, basta lang pinasa ang students, sino meron kasalanan pag isang araw hindi makapasa sa entrance exam yun student sa mga big universities? :hmm:

    So? It's like saying there's a law against cheating in school and yet you cheat anyway because there's lax enforcement of it. If pure-blooded Chinese are really good, law-abiding citizens, then they should make it a point to raise their standards above Filipino society, not wallow below it.
  • SIOPAO MAN wrote: »
    Dibale na, magaling naman tayo sa sayawan at kantahan

    you can never be sure. di pa na- surpass ang wondergirls
  • MC21 wrote: »
    How low can we go? :grrr: Kalevel natin yung mga countries na ngayon ko lang narinig...

    time to clean some ears - matagal na
  • -=Sniper=- wrote: »
    But aren't most "Filipino" owned businesses run by pure-blooded Chinese? :hmm:

    uh oh, diverting?
  • -=Sniper=- wrote: »
    So? It's like saying there's a law against cheating in school and yet you cheat anyway because there's lax enforcement of it. If pure-blooded Chinese are really good, law-abiding citizens, then they should make it a point to raise their standards above Filipino society, not wallow below it.

    hey I never mentioned "cheating" on my post. It's like you were taught lessons in school but when you got it wrong you were never corrected by your teacher.


    Like PAL..All they do is give service to the Filipinos and provide them with planes that fly. Now if they have safety issues or not, it's the job of the Civil Aviation Authority to check their work and tell them where they can improve at. Problem is the Civil Aviation Authority ain't doing their job.

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