PIA's entry to European Union banned over ‘dubious’ pilot licenses

PIA barred from operating flights to Europe over ‘dubious’ pilot licenses
Karachi: In a major setback to the national flag carrier, European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has barred Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from flight operations to EU member states for six months over security concerns.

The announcement comes days after the PIA grounded 141 pilots suspected of holding dubious licenses following the revelations made by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan in which he said that 262 pilots allegedly received licenses trough unfair means.

PIA’s authorization to operate to the EU member states is going to suspend with effect from July 1, 2020. The airline has the right to appeal against this decision.

On the other hand, PIA also announced to suspend its flights to EU with a spokesperson saying that the earliest possible lifting of the ban is expected as the government was taking corrective measures.

Last week, PIA sent letters to foreign missions and global regulatory and safety bodies, assuring them that corrective measures are being taken.

Global safety and transport bodies have expressed concerns over the issue of dubious licenses and said that they are looking into the matter closely.