CAAP may help AirphilExpress
The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) will tap the expertise of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in appealing AirphilExpress’ case before South Korean aviation officials.
Low-cost carrier AirphilExpress was barred from flying to the gateway of the Seoul capital when it filed its application to resume its Kalibo-Incheon flights. In denying its application, Seoul had cited a ban on the Philippines imposed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Union and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The air talks between the Philippines and South Korea were held on April 2 and April 3. “The issue on air talks was more of an economic discussion whereas AirphilExpress’ case is a technical matter which needs the expertise of technical people such as those in the Caap,” said a CAB official.
[Editor’s comment:] How can CAAP do this job? During the recent technical review, no AOC holder had completed the revalidation process nor had any new AOCs been issued since the September 2011 publishing of the guidelines. Both the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Airlines re-validation were incomplete.