The Senate Standing Committee on Aviation on Wednesday constituted a sub-committee to probe into the matter of illegal parking and entry fee at New Islamabad International Airport Islamabad and to resolve the matter to bring the parking fee charges to a rational level.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahidullah Khan and was attended by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Senator Sherry Rehman, 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, CEO PIAC.
The sub-committee will be headed by Senator Azam Swati with Senators Ateeq Sheikh and Shaheen Butt as its members. The Committee also directed the sub-committee to discuss the matter of up-gradation of posts of superintendents in BPS-17 of CAA and the issues of unions.
The Committee asked CAA to take action and give a report on the flight schedule of Air Blue National and International flights in face of the ever-increasing flight delays and cancellations.
The member of the Committee expressed concern over the incident of Safari flight Skardu and did not accept the explanation given by PIA that it was done purely for promotion purposes. The Committee was told that the purpose of the flight was an attempt to promote tourism and to earn more revenue for the national flag carrier and there was no malafide intention. It was observed that the incident should not have happened.
The Committee directed the Civil Aviation Authority to make arrangements for an office for Protocol Staff of Senate Secretariat to facilitate the Parliamentarians as it will improve efficacy and will reduce the burden on the CAA staff.