Philippine regulator to announce Cebu Pacific EU ban status

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines (CAAP) has called for a press conference on 10 April, where it will likely make an announcement on whether Cebu Pacific has been removed from the European blacklist of banned operators.

In the invite, the regulator briefly mentioned that an announcement on the European Union air ban will be made. Those who will be present at the briefing include the director general and deputy director general of the CAAP, the EU charge d Affaires to the Philippines, and also Lance Gokongwei, president and chief executive of Cebu Pacific.

When contacted, a Cebu Pacific spokeswoman says the carrier attended a technical reviewing meeting with the EU and the CAAP on 28 January in Brussels.

She adds that the Philippine low-cost carrier also attended an air safety committee meeting on 26 March, where it submitted all requirements and document to make its case on why it should be removed from the EU ban list.

“We now await the results of that meeting,” says the spokeswoman.

Last July, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) was the only carrier in the country that was removed from the European blacklist. A blanket ban was imposed on the country’s carriers in 2010.

Then, the CAAP had said that Cebu Pacific was “inhibited from the lifting of the EU ban due to a recent accident”. It was referring to an incident last June when a Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 veered off the runway after landing at Davao International Airport, damaging the aircraft’s engines and landing gear.