PIA banned from flying to EU states

European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorization to work to the EU member states on Tuesday, for a period of 6 months effective Dominion Day , 2020.

EASA during a statement said: The operator couldn’t demonstrate having effectively implemented all elements of a security Management Systems as needed by Annex 6 Part 1 and Annex 19 to the Chicago Convention (ref. PAK-OO01/ TR-2017-03/ 04).

Furthermore, EASA has received information consistent with which on Wednesday 24 June 2020, the Aviation Minister, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, informed the Pakistani Parliament of the results of an investigation which revealed that quite 260 out of 860 pilot licenses issued by the Pakistani authorities and employed by pilots operating for air operators certified in Pakistan are fraudulent.

Based on this information, EASA cares about the validity of the Pakistani pilot licenses which Pakistan, because the State of the operator, is currently unable to certify and oversee its operators and aircraft in accordance with applicable international standards. Pursuant to ART.235(a)(2) of Part-ART, EASA is required to require adequate enforcement measures during this situation.

As being reported, subsequently, PIA is discontinuing its flights to Europe temporarily, all passengers booked on PIA flights to European sectors will have the choice to either extend their bookings for a later date or get full refunds.

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