ISLAMABAD: In the aviation crisis, the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on behalf of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in European countries PIA has decided not to appeal against the suspension of flights and the appeal period has expired on August 30.
According to the report, the decision was taken in the wake of a visit by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) operational safety audit team on September 7 to review PIA’s operational arrangements and control system. Sources said that the IATA safety audit team will stay here for five days. The PIA management was confident that during the visit they will brief the team on security measures and all the conditions laid down by the international body regarding the national airline. PIA will be in a better position to convince you to complete it.
It may be recalled that EASA had sent a written letter to PIA informing it that in addition to the pending issue of implementation of safety management tools in the airline’s flight operations within the stipulated period, it had informed the European Union from July 1, PIA had suspended the flow of PIA flights to member countries for six months, but the EASA had said that the decision to suspend flights could be appealed in two months and that the two-month period would be until 30th August which has ended now.
Operational Safety Audit is done every 2 years. The last such audit was conducted in 2018. The IATA had set up this audit program in 2003 to review the operational management and control system of the airlines. The PIA administration has informed the Aviation Department of its decision not to appeal to the EASA that it has consulted with all stakeholders and sought the opinion of legal experts who have joined the IATA Safety Audit Team, the advised the national carrier to wait for the visit.
He said that this would put the PIA administration in a better position to show all security measures to the IATA and would persuade them to withdraw the decision to lift the suspension of PIA flights. EASA asked Pakistani authorities to explain 11 points of Safety Management System (SMS). EASA also asked how Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority works, how to issue licenses to pilots, and how candidates solve exam papers.
In this regard, when PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan was contacted, he said that we are in constant talks with the British and European Union authorities to end the suspension of flights and to help PIA in this regard. In order to regain its foothold in the market, PIA has resumed flights to the UK under alternative arrangements with better products, the spokesman said we will continue this until permission is granted.
He said that PIA hoped that the suspension of flights would end soon. It may be recalled that while presenting the investigation report of the Karachi passenger plane crash in the National Assembly on June 24, Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had said that 860 pilots Of those, 262 were found to have been replaced by someone else. After which Pakistan grounded the pilots’ licenses on June 26 for alleged forgery in the exams, calling them ‘suspicious’. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan had said in a press conference in Islamabad that the pilots on whom questions were raised.
There are 262, 141 in PIA, 9 in Airblue, 10 in Sareen Air, 17 in ex-Shaheen, and 85 in others, after which the PIA management decided to ground 150 of its pilots. Later, on June 29, the Aviation Authority of Vietnam grounded all Pakistani pilots for local airlines over concerns that PIA had “suspicious pilot licenses”. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had temporarily suspended its air operations permit for European countries for six months, effective July 3, the same day the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) had removed the Pakistani airline from its proposed list.