PIA suspended from flying to Europe

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended from traveling to Europe for 6 months over fake license scandal

The European Union Air Safety Agency on Tuesday suspended Pakistan Worldwide Airlines (PIA) to operate in Europe for 6 months. The conclusion will come soon right after the grounding of 262 pilots whose licenses were termed “dubious” by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan. The PAK Civil Aviation Minister said past 7 days that 262 out of 860 energetic pilots had phony licenses and are not capable to fly.

“EASA has briefly suspended PIA’s authorization to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months productive July 1, 2020, with the ideal to attractiveness from this final decision,” a PIA assertion explained. For the duration of this time period, PIA would discontinue all of its flights to Europe.

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Passengers who have booked their flights on PIA to European locations can possibly increase their bookings to a later date or get a comprehensive refund. The nationwide flagship carrier is also striving to operate with EASA to alleviate their issues and take important steps to charm the decision. PIA said it “sincerely hopes that with reparative and swift steps taken by the Authorities of Pakistan and PIA administration, earliest attainable lifting of this suspension can be anticipated,” the press launch reported.

PAK’s fake pilot license scandal

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The investigation into the bogus pilot license scandal started as a component of the preliminary report into the PIA plane crash in Karachi in Might. Aviation Minister Khan did not reveal if the pilots traveling PK 8303 carried fake licenses, but the report explained that they have been distracted and ignored the guidance from the air traffic controllers.

Talking about the fake pilot license scandal, Khan mentioned that 262 pilots in Pakistan did not show up for the examination, in its place paid out a person else to get it on their behalf. The checklist of all phony pilots was circulated throughout all major airways along with a request to avoid them from traveling.

In addition, Vietnam’s civil aviation authority has grounded all Pakistani pilots traveling for Vietnamese airways. There are now 27 Pakistani pilots registered to fly for Vietnamese airways, 12 of whom are lively, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said on Monday.

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