Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots are resigning over ‘unfavorable’ working environment of the airlines. Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) shared the news in its report yesterday.
The conducive environment of PIA has been resulting in the non-retention of its talent as eight pilots have resigned this year while many others are considering this option.
It said that the pilots were forced to quit due to the airline’s “poor policies and unfair scheduling of flights.”
PALPA also mentioned the reasons/circumstances under which each pilot quit:
First Officer Khurram Baloch resigned on 17 August. He served the airline for nine years and had to quit after feeling suffocated in the current working environment.
Another official, Captain Adnan Ahmed Malik, mentioned the dysfunctional organizational culture at PIA the main reason for his resignation in his letter.
Other pilots who resigned this year include:
- Capt Faisal Younis (after 15 years of service)
- Captain Bakhtawar Hussain Jaffery (after 19 years of service)
- Captain Sadia Aziz (after 15 years of service)
- F/O Alison Oscar (after seven years of service)
- F/O Humza Zain (after nine years of service)
- F/O Zuhair Ilyas (after four years of service)
Earlier, President Pakistan Air Line Pilots’ Association (PALPA) Rizwan Gondal had written a letter to the Director-General Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority mentioning the fatigue that changes in flight duty and time limitation (FDTL) has caused.
He mentioned that this cost-cutting exercise was compromising flight safety.