European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recommended all the aviation authorities to consider the suspension of validations issued against Pakistani licenses.
Under the Third Country Operators (TCO) authorization issued by EASA, the agency has notified 32 EASA Member States to ponder on the suspension of Pakistani pilots as ‘this is a grave safety concern’.
Moreover, in the notification, EASA recommends the member states ‘not to schedule such pilots for operations performed under their TCO consideration’.
It is to be noted that EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorization to operate to the European Union (EU) member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020 with the right to appeal against this decision. Subsequently, the national flag carrier discontinued its flights to Europe temporarily.
However, the foreign secretary contacted ambassadors of all EU member countries and discussed regarding the matter. On which the national carrier was allowed to land and overflight United Kingdom (UK) and Europe from July 1 to 3.
The PIA administration, the Foreign Ministry and Pakistan’s ambassador are in constant contact with European officials.
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