September 01, 2013

Lifting of US restrictions on PH airlines seen

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) remains confident that US aviation regulators will lift restrictions imposed on local carriers by the fourth quarter of 2013, but concerns over the sustainability of recent reforms linger.

Key “showstoppers” include the difficulty in amending the law that would grant added autonomy to CAAP while overcoming restrictions that prevent CAAP from spending for the continuous training of safety inspectors, CAAP director general William Hotchkiss III said at a forum on Friday.

Only flag carrier Philippine Airlines mounts flights to the US, however, its ability to expand there is limited by current restrictions. - WealthSec