Budget airline Cebu Pacific of billionaire John Gokongwei Jr. is set to become the second local carrier allowed to fly to Europe. European Union, aviation and Cebu Pacific officials are set to announce April 10 the lifting of the EU ban on the budget carrier. In July, the EU lifted the ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL), allowing the legacy carrier to fly to the 28-nation bloc again. The EU blacklisted Philippine carriers in 2010 in the wake of “a significant safety concern.” In January, Cebu Pacific informed the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the EU in Brussels that it already complied with all outstanding safety concerns.
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