Shaheen Air has been embroiled in a lot of controversies with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lately. The authority recently suspended the airline’s international operations – except Saudi Arabia. The reason behind the suspension was that Shaheen Air failed to pay Rs 1.5 billion in dues that it owed to the Authority.
As a result, the CAA suspended the airline’s international operations and further threatened to cease its domestic flights as well. After the decision, Shaheen Air International was stopped from using CAA services including boarding gates and booking counters for its international flights.
Before that, the authority banned the airline from using the Airway Bridges at the airport over the non-payment issue. The authority banned Shaheen Air from parking its planes on airport bays where the passengers board the planes via Airway Bridges.
To cope with the financial crisis, the airline decided to cut its fleet size by 6 aircraft. The airline also laid off several of its employees to generate enough revenue to settle its matter with CAA. However, from the recent developments, it doesn’t seem that any of that has helped.
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Chairman Shaheen International Air Limited yesterday wrote a letter to the Director General CAA asking to lift financial commitments for 15 days. Here is what the letter says:
The letter requests CAA to allow the airline to continue its international flights by lifting the ban. Ending the ban will help them generate the revenue and “is necessary for the lifeline of the airline”, the letter adds.