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Cebu Pacific Seeks Clearance to Europe

Officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Cebu Pacific are now in Belgium to present a formal plea to the European Union to have the country's largest low-cost airline removed from the European Union's list of blacklisted carriers. 

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According to John Andrews, Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Authority, representatives of Cebu Pacific are set to present their case in Brussels. "Cebu Pacific representatives are now with CAAP officials in Brussels to present their case before the European Union," said Andrews. "They are applying for the lifting of their ban to fly to Europe." A lifting of the ban would enable Cebu Pacific to explore expansion plans into the European market.

Cebu Pacific's Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Jorenz TaƱada, reported that a technical review meeting took place on January 28 in Brussels between EU representatives and officials from CAAP and Cebu Pacific. The Philippines was placed on the European aviation blacklist in 2010. In July of last year, Philippine Airlines presented a successful case to the European Union which lifted the carrier off the blacklist enabling it to mount direct flights between Manila and London's Heathrow Airport. PAL is expected to launch additional European destinations later this year.

Meanwhile, the Philippines anxiously awaits whether it will receive a highly coveted upgrade to Category 1 by the United States Federal Aviation Authority. If the country receives its upgrade, Cebu Pacific has indicated that it is interested in pursuing flights to Hawaii and Guam.

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