Fake pilots: EU ban on PIA continues
The European Union decided to retain the ban on Pakistan International Airline (PIA ) for failure to address the fake degree issue.
The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) said that it was satisfied with the measures taken by the PIA in connection with its safety management system.
It added that the CAA needed to under a safety audit. The ban can only be lifted if the Pakistani aviation regulatory body cleared the audit.
In June, EASA had suspended the authorisation for PIA to operate in Europe for six months in the wake of the grounding of 262 Pakistani pilots whose licences were termed “dubious” by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
The safety watchdog said it was concerned about the validity of the Pakistani pilot licences following the minister’s statement.
Following the EASA’s move, the UK Civil Aviation Authority also withdrew PIA’s permit to operate from three of its airports -- Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester.
The PIA was operating 23 flights to the UK every week – nine to London, 10 to Manchester and four to Birmingham. The national carrier’s destinations in Europe included Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Oslo and Copenhagen.