Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has served a notice to Shaheen Air International (SAI) for the recovery of Rs. 1.435 billion. Due to the non-payment of dues, CAA has already canceled SAI’s Regular Public Transport (RPT) license, with the airline’s operations closed since September 26, 2018.
If SAI fails to pay due till October 26 , the Civil Aviation Authority will file a petition against the airline in Sindh High Court.
Regarding this case, CAA’s Director of Air Transport and Economic Regulations, Syed Muzaffar Alam had sent a letter to Chief Executive Officer of SAI Ehsan Khalid Sehbai on Oct, 23, 2018. Before this, the CAA had sent as many as 7 letters on May, 1 in June and 3 letters in July, 2018. All of these letters implored SAI to pay back its outstanding dues as soon as possible.
“SAI is hereby directed to settle the outstanding dues of CAA which have accrued to the tune of Rs. 1.435 billion as of October 15, 2018. The outstanding dues should be paid to CAA by October 26, positively,” the letter said.
The CAA has also informed SAI’s management that in case of non-compliance, the authority will file an application to Sindh High Court for the appointment of an administrator under national law for recovery of its stated dues.
It should be mentioned that the CAA had suspended SAI’s RPT license in May 2018, and only allowed the airline to bring back Hajj pilgrims. After post Hajj operations, SAI’s operations were suspended completely. SAI has sent back its aircraft after suspension, with no aircraft available under the emblem of the airline.