PIA will lodge an appeal with EASA on Thursday against the suspension of its flight operations to and from EU member states for six months.
The EASA has banned PIA flights to and from European Union member states for six months. The decision to suspend the flight operations was in the wake of Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s speech in the National Assembly.
Moreover, the commercial flying licenses of 262 pilots were found ‘suspicious’. According to sources, the appeal has been prepared by the PIA and the authorities concerned. First, it will be presented to the Aviation Division and then it will be lodged with the EASA next.
The sources said that after the issue of pilots’ suspicious licenses came to light and the EASA suspended authorization of PIA flights to and from the EU member countries.
The agency asked the Pakistani authorities to clarify 11 points — safety management system (SMS) being the most important one.
The EASA questioned how the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCCA) had been functioning. More importantly, how did it issue commercial pilot licenses to applicants, and how did the candidates solve their examination papers?
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The appeal lodged with the EASA also contains details of major airplane crashes that occurred in Pakistan over the past five years and the safety measures taken by the authorities to prevent such incidents in the future, sources added.
The EASA has demanded the implementation of the safety management system in the PIA. The airlines is also planning to add eight to 10 aircraft to its fleet and replace old planes with better and new ones.
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On July 1, PIA was given an opportunity to defend itself however EASA declared it insufficient.
Following the airplane crash in Karachi on May 22, the initial findings laid down in the preliminary inquiry. A report showed successive breaches of multiple layers of safety defenses in the management system.
EASA expressed concern over the airline’s safety management system which, it said, was not achieving its primary objective.
However, PIA is still hopeful that it will be able to resume it’s operations soon.