PIA has decided against lodging an appeal against the flight suspension by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
EASA suspended PIA flights to and from the European Member States for 2 months effective from July 1 to August 30.
Moreover, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) visit to Pakistan on September 7 for the Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) was already due. The audits take place every two years. The IOSA last assessed PIA in 2018. The IATA has designed this program in 2003 to audit the control systems and operational management of airlines.
The members for the assessment of safety control and operational management said that the current IOSA will last for 5 days.
The PIA management is confident that they are fully capable of satisfying the IATA team regarding the safety measures.
Besides that, the airlines also believes that they can meet all standards set by the international body referring to the national flag carrier.
On June 30, EASA intimated in a letter to PIA that it had revoked authorization of their flights to and from European member countries for six months. However, they also said that PIA had the liberty to file an appeal against the suspension of authorization within 2 months.
The IATA was further concerned about the lack of safety oversight and the biased licensing of pilots.
International Aviation Bodies are Concerned About PIA
EASA also stated concern regarding the Flight PK-8303 crash in Karachi on May 22.
Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan confessed in the Parliament on June 24 that the licenses of 262 pilots out of 850 were doubtful.
The EASA also inquired about how they issued commercial pilot licenses to aspirants. They showed concerns over their criteria for hiring pilots.
The Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan said,
We are in continuous talks with the United Kingdom and European Union authorities to get this suspension lifted and have engaged one of the biggest aviation firms to assist PIA in this regard.
He added that the PIA continued its flight operations to the UK with different measures and improved services until they do not allow direct flights. He was optimistic that the suspension would soon be lifted.
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