10/04/2014: Statement of the Department of Tourism on the Restoration of FAA Category 1 Status
10 April 2014
The Department of Tourism welcomes the news of the return of the Philippines to Category 1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration. With this development, Philippine carriers can now operate to other cities in the United States and increase frequencies to existing routes. The anticipated expansion in capacity and network coverage will boost the Department's tourism promotion efforts in US, which is the country's second largest source market.
The Department also congratulates the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for its steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Philippines complies with the international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. With the return to Category 1, the riding public can be assured of a safe and convenient travel to the Philippines.
The Department and its partners in the private sector look forward to an expanded and more aggressive marketing campaign in the US as it moves closer to the targets set in the National Tourism Development Plan.