PIA withdraws its staff from Europe

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Karachi: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) management has decided to withdraw staff deputed in Milan, Oslo, Copenhagen and Barcelona.

According to the details, Europe station will not be operated by the general sales agents of the PIA. The return of staff from Europe station will reduce costs.

On the other hand, the PIA management has decided not to appeal against the decision of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspend the arrival of flights in European countries and the appeal period ended on August 30.

The decision was made in the wake of a visit by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) operational safety audit team on September 7 to review PIA’s operational arrangements and control system. The IATA safety audit team will stay here for 5 days.

The PIA management is confident that during the visit, they will be in a better position to convince the team to meet all the requirements set by the international body regarding security measures and the national airline.

It may be recalled that EASA had sent a written letter to PIA informing it that in addition to the pending issue of implementation of safety management tools in the airline’s flight operations within the stipulated period, it had informed the European Union from July 1. The suspension of PIA flights to member countries was suspended for six months.

However, the EASA had said that the decision to suspend flights could be appealed within two months and that the two-month period ended on August 30.

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