17-Jan-2011 11:16 AM

EU unlikely to lift ban on Philippine carriers unless reform 'significant'

EU Ambassador to the Philippines Alistair MacDonald stated the European Union (EU) is unlikely to lift its ban on Philippine carriers unless “significant reforms” in the country’s aviation system are implemented, including higher compensation for pilots to prevent them leaving for high-paying jobs at international carriers (BusinessMirror, 16-Jan-2011). Mr MacDonald noted considerable progress made by the Philippines Government to reform the safety of Philippine carriers.