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US removes Philippines from air safety blacklist

Published on Apr 10, 2014 1:18 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has removed the Philippines from its air safety blacklist, Manila said on Thursday, opening the door for its airlines to expand services to the United States.

The FAA decision comes after the European Union in July 2013 lifted its own ban on Philippine carriers after they upgraded their aviation safety standards.

"From one major achievement to another in a span of less than two years, the country has made great strides in enhancing its aviation industry to one that is at par with the best in the world," Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said in a statement.

The upgrade will have a significant impact on the country's economy, boosting tourism, trade and business relations, he added.

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