FAA Removes Philippines from Blacklist, Meaning More Flights Could Be on the Way
In 2008, the FAA put the Philippines on its Category 2 blacklist after it failed to comply with international safety standards, and the EU followed with similar restrictions in 2010. Here in the US, the sanctions banned Philippine carriers from expanding their service or operating code-share flights with US airlines.
Good news: Those limitations were lifted today after the country spent years reforming its administration policies and its ability to monitor and regulate airlines. This means that air carriers from the Philippines are now allowed to add routes and partner with domestic airlines on code-share flights within the United States.
For the general consumer, we can expect this to result in more direct flights and a higher frequency of service to Southeast Asia. Philippine Airlines President Ramon Ang, for example, told reporters that his airline is preparing to begin service to the east coast in addition to its already existing routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu.
We'll keep an eye out for when any new routes might pop up, but if you've had the Philippines on your list for a while, it should become easier to reach in the coming years.