PIA BANNED IN EUROPE FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENT OF MINISTER AVIATION

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Karachi, June 30, 2020:European Union Air Safety Agency has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorization to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020 : with the right to appeal against this decision.

Vietnam has also terminated the services of some Pakistani pilots who were serving there.

Minister Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said last week that 30 % of Pilots of Pakistani Airlines carry fake licenses that was no doubt irresponsible statement. Later after few days the same minister used the word “Dubious” in place of ” Fake” certainly when he got afterthought or when he was scolded from somewhere that your statement can cause irreparable loss to national carrier and other Pakistani airlines.

Subsequently, PIA is discontinuing its flights to Europe temporarily, all passengers booked on PIA flights to European sectors will have the option to either extend their bookings for a later date or get full refunds.

PIA is in contact with EASA to allay their concerns and to take necessary corrective measures along with filing the appeal against the decision .

PIA sincerely hopes that with reparative and swift actions taken by the Government of Pakistan and PIA Management, earliest possible lifting of this suspension can be expected.

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