32 member states have been barred by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) from permitting Pakistani-licensed pilots from flying aircraft. This step has been taken after reports came up regarding a few pilots licenses being issued by the Pakistani authorities for being either “falsified or not compliant with the global regulator”.
A letter was issued by EASA to the airline operators in member states telling them to suspend the validations issued to pilots by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA). This decision was taken after 262 Pak pilots were grounded. Their license was termed dubious by the Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
Thus, following this, the EASA took the decision to suspend the authorization of PIA to travel to EU member states for a period of 6 months. This was effective from 1st July.
The letter read, “Approximately 40 percent of the airline pilot licenses issued by PCAA is either falsified or otherwise not ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] compliant.”
The situation was termed as a “grave safety concern”.
The agency has also asked its member states to tell the details of the measures taken about the pilots having Pakistani licenses. The aviation experts said that this whole situation is quite alarming for Pak pilots future. They said that it is essential to thoroughly scrutinize the credentials of the pilots and take the important steps to restore the faith in Pak airlines globally.