Gov’t stifles airline growth

The government is effectively preventing the growth of the international airline industry in the Philippines.

In a speech Thursday before the Rotary Club West of Makati City, Jaime C. Bautista, president and chief executive of Philippine Airlines, revealed that the European Union has banned Philippine-based carriers from flying to any destination in Europe.

Airport safety concerns have similarly been raised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Bautista stressed that these safety concerns “do not in any way reflect on PAL’s compliance with international safety standards but rather on the safety oversight capability of the Philippine government, particularly the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.”

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