KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to renew its permit to fly to the Philippines.

The Dutch airline has filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board seeking renewal of its foreign air carrier’s permit (FACP).

The application from the airline comes months after the European Union removed the Philippines from its aviation blacklist.

Usually, foreign carrier’s permits are renewed every five years, said Carmelo Arcilla, executive director of CAB. Application from KLM does not necessarily mean that it will directly fly to the Philippines from Europe.

The removal from the EU blacklist came on the heels of an upgrade by the International Civil Aviation Organization and is expected to result in an increase in flights and tourist arrivals.

Similarly, the US Federal Aviation Authority is expected to lift Manila’s rating from Category 2 to Category 1.

A decision from CAB is expected on September 5.