In holding the upgrade of the Philippines’ aviation status, planned operations to the US of some local carriers have been on hold as well for they still have to be approved by the said agency. Although the Philippines has been certified to meet the International Civil Organization safety standards, it seemed not enough to let Philippine carriers to operate just yet. With this, there is a possibility that the Philippines is missing on the opportunity to expand its aviation operations which may contribute to the country’s overall profits. Also, this may give a reputation for the Philippines from other countries that the safety standards of the country’s aviation are unstable and therefore would not entice investors for the industry. Moreover, the US government shutdown may also have further impacts not only to the country’s aviation industry but also in other sectors for the country depends on the US aid greatly. This hold may take a while but the Philippines must not lose its hope in achieving its desired upgrade that would enable its further progress and expansion in the aviation industry.