ICAO postpones the audit of Pakistan Civil Aviation

Lahore, 17th September: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has postponed its Universal Safety Oversight Audit (USOAP) of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) by 2021.

According to reports from Business Recorder, Pakistan’s International Airline (PIA), will have to wait until next year to resume flights to the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, as International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has postponed the Universal Safety Overseas Audit (USOAP) of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) till 2021.

The United Nations Aviation Watchdog ICAO, which audits the aviation safety and surveillance capabilities of its 193 member countries, was due to come for an audit in November 2020, according to Business Recorder.

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Aviation Authority sources have confirmed that the ICAO team has postponed the PCAA’s trip to Pakistan for the USOAP until next year due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Furthermore, under the USOAP, the ICAO team will examine the safety aspects of airlines, airports, ground handling firms, and regulatory bodies in accordance with international standards.

However, this audit, which was pre-arranged, is of paramount importance as it has resulted in the issue of fake pilot licenses that led the European Union’s Air Safety Agency (EASA) to run the EU, that led to a six-month ban on the PIA.

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The Ministry of Aviation, which released a list of 262 pilots without scrutiny under the fake pilot license case, has since given a ‘clean chit’ to 119 pilots and claimed that only 22 pilots were guilty in the case. 

According to Business Recorder, the sources said that the irresponsible behaviour of the authority in this matter has caused irreparable damage to the country’s aviation sector, especially the PIA.

“The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is now allowing foreign carriers to operate in Pakistan instead of facilitating the PIA, which is another problem for the national flag carrier,” the source said.

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