ICAO review not a setback - Palace

Posted at 11/01/12 1:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang does not consider as a setback in the developments in the local aviation industry an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) review retaining the country’s Category 2 status.

In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “we would not consider this as a setback, because we already have implemented progresses.”

She said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will ensure that measures will be in place until ICAO’s next audit in the first quarter of 2013.

ICAO supposedly found two significant safety concerns against CAAP. The ten-day evaluation supposedly revealed that CAAP failed in “aircraft registration and flight safety inspection.”

The Philippines hoped it would return to Category 1 status before the end of the year. A Category 1 status would mean more flights to the United States for domestic carriers.