An investigation will be done by a sub-committee constituted by Senate Standing Committee on Aviation on illegal parking and entry fee matter at New Islamabad International Airport Islamabad.
Senator Mushahidullah Khan presided the meeting while Sherry Rehman the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Senator, Senators Azam Khan Swati, Ateeq Sheikh, Chaudhry Tanvir, Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Fida Muhammad, Shaheen Khalid Butt, Haji Momin Khan Afridi, caretaker minister for Aviation, Acting DG CAA, and CEO PIAC were the attendees.
The sub-committee that will probe into the matter is headed by Senator Azam Swati. Senators Ateeq Sheikh and Shaheen Butt will be members of the committee. The sub-committee was also directed to look into the matter of upgrading CAA superintendents in the BPS-17 post.
CAA was asked to report the Air Blue National and International flights schedule in light of increasing flight delays and cancellations of flights. CAA has been directed to take action against the ever-increasing delays.
The Committee members also discussed the PIA’s Safari flight Skardu incident where PIA customers had to suffer a lot. The Committee felt that PIA’s explanation that it was done for the promotion of their Safari flights, is just an excuse. The Committee members were told that the aim of PIA was just to promote tourism in the country and there was no hidden agenda. But the members felt that the incident should have been avoided.
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Civil Aviation Authority has been issued a directive by the Committee to arrange for a Protocol Staff Office of Senate Secretariat to assist the Parliamentarians. Committee members felt that it will improve efficiency and minimize the burden on the CAA staff.