Philippines again blacklisted – scrap CAAP
The Philippines are again blacklisted by the Europe Union. The ban not only hits some Philippine’s Airlines but anything flying certified by the CAAP. The EU writes:
All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the Philippines ARE SUBJECT TO A BAN WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION.
Short: Everything certified by CAAP is banned!
After the preliminary visit of the US FAA and their negative verdict (the Philippines remain in Category 2), the European Union has published their “LIST OF AIR CARRIERS OF WHICH ALL OPERATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A BAN WITHIN THE EU”. This list can be downloaded at the end of this article.
CAAP is not a bit better than its predecessor ATO, the Air Transportation Office. Republic Act No. 9497 of 2008 did nothing else than rename the old ATO into a new CAAP. The same lazy business continued.
The same game continued: projects, promises and potholes. CAAP says that only 23 issues out of 65 still remain. But what is more important: Working approach radars or clean toilets? What saves more lives: New uniforms or a tough pilot’s check-up?
Establish priorities gentlemen! Do not polish the varnish, but overhaul the engine!
If you want the Philippines Airline Industry to become again credible:
Create an entirely new authority with honestly paid, independent specialists. Build a firewall between airports, airlines, politicians and the new authority or even betwen all of them. Allow no money to flow through the firewall, only the president himself pays.
And no, do not take a ferry instead of a flight. Ferries are even worse. If weather remains as well as it is now, we have a small chance that this year no overcrowded ferry capsizes or sinks during the Holly week.