No flights without CAA’s safety audit, EASA tells PIA

By: News Desk      Published: 02:11 PM, 27 Dec, 2020
No flights without CAA’s safety audit, EASA tells PIA

European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has refused to allow the operation of PIA flights without the safety audit of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday, quoting its sources.

Replying to Pakistan International Airlines’ letter, the EASA rejected the request for partial permission to carry out flights.

The sources say there is no likelihood that the national flag carrier’s state of affairs will improve anytime soon. Resultantly, the ban on PIA flights to Europe and UK will remain in place. 

The PIA had written to EASA following EASA expressed its satisfaction over the airlines’ audit. In the letter, the PIA CEO had asked for the airlines’ audit independent of CAA.

The sources add EASA wants reforms in CAA’s mode of issuing licences.  

The PIA management has confirmed that it has received a reply from the EASA.

In the response, the EASA letter says: “Reg­arding the lack of confidence in certification and oversight activities performed by the Pakistani CAA, which was the second aspect that led to the suspension of Third Country Operator Authorisation, the investigation performed by the European Commission and by the ICAO have not yet been concluded.

“Consequently, as all preconditions to lift the suspension are not met and, as an audit will be necessary, the agency decided not to revoke your Third Country Operator Authorisation but to extend the suspension period by additional three months....”