FAA has upgraded airlines in the Republic of the Philippines to a Category 1 rating, as it now complies with international safety standards set by ICAO. The country previously held a Category 1 rating until January 2008 when it was downgraded to a Category 2. According to FAA, a Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority—equivalent to the ...

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