The decision on Cebu Pacific flight’s petition to be removed from the list of banned airlines might soon be announced by the European Union. The EU is most likely going to announce its decision in the first half of 2014, it has been confirmed on January 13, 2014.
Julian Vassallo, the EU political counselor to the Philippines while talking to the Philippine Flight Network said that the 28-member bloc is still in the process of reviewing the plea of the budget airline to be removed from the blacklist. Vassallo said, “We are currently helping Cebu Pacific get off the list of EU banned airlines. I expect a decision in the first half of 2014”.
In 2013, the European Union made a decision to lift the ban on the Philippine Airlines, after the flag carrier obliged to safety standards. The company became the first airline from the Philippines to be allowed back to the European skies, following the decision to blacklist all carriers from the country in 2010. The political counselor went on to say that they are happy that people from Europe and the Philippines can experience ease of travelling with direct flights after over a decade.
However, other Philippines-based airlines remain banned from flying over the European continent. The European Commission vice president for transport, Siim Kallas said that the list includes those airlines and countries which need to take some steps when it comes to aviation and safety.
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