Europe Lifts Ban On Philippine Airlines

The European Commission (EC) has lifted its ban on Philippine Airlines operating within European skies. The reintroduction comes as the EC updates its EU air safety list for the 21st time. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) banned the airline in March 2010 due to safety concerns following an audit in 2009. Siim Kallas, commission VP for transport, said: "The EU air safety list was created for the protection of European skies and citizens, but it can also serve as a wake-up call to countries and airlines in need to get their safety house back in order.”He added that Philippine Airlines had shown “real commitment and capacity to implement international safety standards in a sustainable manner”.

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