Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has passed an order on Wednesday to suspend the domestic operation of the Shaheen Air International.
As per the details, CAA took this decision after the dispute over the payment of arrears of over Rs1.5 billion between the airline and the aviation authority. CAA had already suspended the Shaheen Air’s international operations—except Haj flights—several days ago due to the non-payment of the arrears.
It has yet to be clear whether the domestic flights have been suspended or not as the spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority said that airline’s domestic flights are being suspended from Wednesday, but, on the other hand, the representative of Shaheen Air says that flights were being operated as per the normal schedule.
While responding to the media’s questions, Mr. George, the CAA’s spokesperson said that despite repeated requests by the CAA and even an order by the Sindh High Court (SHC), the Shaheen Air International did pay the payment of arrears. Therefore, the Civil Aviation Authority had left with only choice to suspend all the domestic operations of the airline.
He added that the CAA had allowed the airline to operate its flights from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the domestic flights from Multan, Quetta, and Karachi only to transport the Hajj pilgrims. All the other operations except these mentioned were being suspended.
He further said that despite the license of the airline had expired, the CAA extended the license for a month considering that the Haj operations of the airline did not suffer and the Hajj pilgrims were not affected.