CAA issues letter regarding PIA’s non-payment issue

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to stop stern action against the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on account of the huge amount in terms of airport, security, and embarkation charges. 

According to sources, the national flag carrier owes Rs 127 billion to the Civil Aviation Authority. However, the federal government has directed CAA to stop the crackdown against PIA, as a result the Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) decision will be implemented.

The letter from CAA said that PIA should ensure payment of dues under the plan. Strict action will not be taken against the national airline in the context of the payment plan proposed by PIA.

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According to the post, the payment plan was approved due to the problems faced by the aviation industry including PIA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was written by the CAA’s Director Finance Tahir Mehmood to Muhammad Asif Zia, the Chief Financial Office (CFO) of PIACL.

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From October 1, 2021, the CAA’s decision to collect the charges related to PIA passengers itself was also postponed. It may be recalled that due to non-payment of dues, the CAA had barred PIA from collecting passenger related charges. The regulatory authority also barred all airport managers from charging PIA passengers.

Earlier, a notification said that from November 1, 2021, the regulatory body will not provide a bridge for passengers to board the aircraft nor will PIA be able to obtain power supply for the aircraft.

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