Pilot Association Threatens Strike Over Safety Regulations

Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) has warned to stop all flights if the safety regulations are not implemented.

PALPA’s spokesperson has said that due to the deteriorating working conditions and intentional compromise on flight safety by PIA’s management, pilots are vying for better safety procedures.

“They will not work against the PCAA and ICAO safety rules after post-Hajj operations,” said the spokesperson. He said that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had issued an Air Navigation Order a year ago in which the flying times of cabin crew and the pilots were not according to international standards.

However, the order was delayed by the stakeholders’ protest. The spokesperson added that any pilot’s working hours can be extended in case of an emergency, but it’s uncommon.


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However, the management is routinely forcing pilots and cabin crew to work extended hours, which violates international standards and compromises the passengers’ safety.

PALPA said in its statement,

Due to the deteriorating working conditions and deliberate compromise on flight safety, on the part of the PIACL management; the PIACL pilots’ fraternity by virtue of their sensitive nature of the job, will not work against PCAA and ICAO Safety Rules, after post-Hajj Operations.

The statement says that in case of a mishap, PIA’s management should be held responsible.

PCAA rules are based on UN (ICAO) flight safety rules and its deviation by PCAA would not be tolerated in other countries if noticed; PIA flights can be banned.

PALPA issued this warning after many of its letters and requests went unanswered.