KARACHI – the ecu Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended the authorisation for the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to work in Europe for 6 months.
The move follows the grounding of 262 pilots whose licences the Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan termed “dubious”.
“EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorisation to work to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective Dominion Day , 2020, with the proper to appeal against this decision,” a PIA statement said.
It added that PIA would discontinue all its flights to Europe temporarily.
The PIA spokesperson said that passengers who have a PIA reservation can catch on refunded or extended. The suspension will end soon thanks to government and administrative measures, he added.
Meanwhile, airline pilots and their union have raised questions on a government list of 262 pilots with “dubious” credentials, saying it’s filled with discrepancies.
Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar had earlier said the pilots included 141 from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), nine from Air Blue, 10 from Serene Airline, and 17 from Shaheen Airlines.
The PIA said the list showed discrepancies once the airlines received it. Thirty-six of the 141 had either retired or removed , it said. Air Blue said seven of the pilots on the list not worked for the airline.
The pilots and their union have rejected the list and demanded a judicial investigation.