PIA to operate special flights to Iraq

By: News Desk      Published: 03:34 PM, 15 Sep, 2020
PIA to operate special flights to Iraq

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to launch a special operation for Iraq from September 27, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

The airline announced that it will operate special flights from September 27 to October 5 to the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Najaf.

The airline also introduced an attractive fare for these flights.

IATA concludes PIA safety audit

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reportedly concluded its operational safety audit of PIA. The audit was conducted by a four-member team and lasted for one week.

During the operational safety audit, which is performed every two years, the team consisting of foreign experts reviewed various departments of the carrier. The audit follows after a domestic flight from Lahore to Karachi crashed and killed 97 people on board in May.

The Airbus A320 aircraft crashed in a residential area near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

This inspection covered PIA’s flight operation, ground handling, safety and security, and engineering.

According to reports, the national carrier met 98.5 percent of parameters.

On 30 June, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) informed PIA that it issued an authorisation suspending its flight operations to and from the EU member countries for six months. The agency mentioned that the step was taken due to safety concerns.

In July, the US Department of Transportation revoked permission for PIA to conduct charter flights to the country.