PIA intensifies efforts to resume flights to Europe

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has stepped up its efforts to resume flights to the European Union (EU) countries.

According to the details, PIA has prepared a response for the European Air Safety Agency (EASA). Media reports say that the national airline has prepared a response for the EASA to resume flights to Europe in which concrete reasons and measures related to fake pilots’ licenses, fake degrees and flight safety have been informed.

The European Air Safety Agency will review PIA’s response, after which it is expected to resume the national carrier flights to Europe. Earlier, an English newspaper reported that the EASA had rejected PIA’s call for resumption of air operations.

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PIA flights suspended to operate to EU member states

Pakistan International Airlines has decided to maintain the ban on flights till December 31. It has been reported that the European Air Safety Agency has warned the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority that if the PIA does not improve air safety measures even after December 31, the ban could be further extended.

Therefore, the extension of the ban on PIA flights by the EASA has been made conditional on civil aviation safety measures.

It may be recalled that the European Air Safety Agency imposed this ban on the flights of Pakistan International Airlines when the inquiry report on the Flight PK-8303 crash came to light. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar had told the National Assembly that 860 Pakistani pilots, including 141 PIA pilots, had never taken part in the exams and their licenses were fake.

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The European Union’s Air Safety Agency suspended PIA’s air operation on June 30 for six months. The suspension of flight operations took effect at 12 midnight on July 1, according to UTC time. After the suspension of the operation, the airline also canceled all flights to Europe.

EU Aviation and Transportation spokesman Stephen Kerr said the reason for the recent ban on PIA was the aviation minister’s statement and Pakistan has not yet convinced the European Agency on airline safety.

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