LAHORE: The safety rating of Pakistan International Airlines has come down to the lowest level.
According to reports, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been declared a single star by a rating agency, airlineratings.com, following reports of the presence of 262 pilots with fake licenses. This is the lowest level in Seven Star ratings.
The European Union recently banned PIA operations in its countries for six months, and now airlines have fallen from 3 stars to 1 star.
The airlineratings.com has also changed the ICAO Country Audit from 3 Star to 1 Star under the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
Jeffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of airlineratings.com,says there is certainly a need to investigate alleged corruption and forgery in pilot licenses.He said it was a matter of grave concern and should be taken up by the IOSA audit and the ICAO country audit.
The IATA said in a statement that it was keeping an eye on reports from Pakistan, which pointed to serious shortcomings in the licensing and monitoring of safety measures by the aviation regulator. We are trying to get more information from Pakistan on this issue.
Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had said in his press conference that the degrees of 262 out of 860 pilots of national airlines are suspected to be fake, after which 150 pilots have been sacked. The PIA is facing severe criticism after 98 people were killed in an A320 plane crash in Karachi.
Experts say that PIA is bankrupt, it does not even have the funds to run its affairs or repay the loan. According to a recent report, Pakistan International Airlines is likely to become the first airline to default due to a drop in global demand during the Corona virus outbreak. Falling ratings to the lowest security standards will further affect PIA’s business as consumers will avoid traveling through it, while other countries may close their PIA airports.
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