PIA cuts staff salaries by up to 25 percent

Published: 04:30 PM, 4 Jun, 2020
PIA cuts staff salaries by up to 25 percent
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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has slashed salaries of its employees by up to 10-25 percent as the national carrier was going through tough times due to limited flight operations amid coronavirus pandemic.

According to PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez, the salaries of the employees whose annual gross pay is above Rs100,000 have been slashed by 10 percent.

Similarly, those employees whose pay is above 300,000 will face up to 25 percent salary cut.

The spokesperson said that the salary cut will not apply to grade 1-4 employees. He said that the aviation industry has suffered a lot due to Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Back in March, top PIA officials have announced a voluntary cut in their salaries.

Initially, PIA Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik announced a voluntary cut of 20 percent from his salary due to the losses sustained by the airline.

Following into his footsteps, other officials also announced a cut in their salaries. The chief officers of the departments announced a 20 percent cut, followed by 15 percent cut from general managers’ salaries, 10 percent from deputy general managers and eight percent from managers’ salaries.

It is pertinent to mention here that PIA had incurred losses of up to Rs4 billion in the month of March due to coronavirus pandemic.

PK-8303 aircraft engine

Meanwhile, PIA and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) technical teams have failed to pull out the engine and the landing gear of crashed PK-8303 aircraft in Karachi’s Model Colony on Thursday.

The teams of technical experts remained unsuccessful so far to remove the crashed Airbus 320 plane present inside a residential building.

It has been 13 days that the teams are trying to pull out the engine and landing gear of the PIA crashed aircraft.

Ground support, engineering, CAA and the construction experts are chalking out a strategy to remove the engine.

Earlier on Sunday, it emerged that a joint operation will be commenced with the assistance of construction experts to pull out the ill-fated plane’s engine from a damaged building.

Sources said that the rescue workers were stopped to enter the premises where the plane engine is stuck. It emerged that the damaged building could fall down if inexperienced people make an attempt to remove the engine except for the technical experts.