European Union Bans PIA from Operating Flights in Member States

European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) authorization to operate in European Union member countries for the next 6 months.

EASA’s decision is set to come into effect from tomorrow, 1 July. However, EASA has accorded PIA the right to appeal against its decision.


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As a result of this decision, PIA has been forced to discontinue its Coronavirus repatriation operations to and from the European Union states with immediate effect.

Ticket holders of PIA can either apply for a full refund or extend their bookings for a later date.

EASA’s ban on PIA has come days after the startling revelations made by Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, in the National Assembly while presenting the investigation report of PIA’s PK-8303 crash regarding the fake licenses possessed by most of the national carrier’s pilots.

Acting on the investigation report of PK-8303, PIA immediately terminated the employment of its 150 out of 434 pilots.


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In addition to EASA’s ban, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of 290 international airlines, has expressed grave reservations on the Aviation Minister’s disclosure on the floor of the house.

PIA pilots with fake licenses flying to hundreds of destinations around the globe is a serious lapse in the safety protocols on part of the PIA, read the official statement of IATA.

Certainly, the scandalous dereliction by the PIA in vetting the licenses before hiring pilots has marred Pakistan’s image internationally.

  • We should remember that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of PMLN is a Jet and Commercial Pilot and he has many friends in PIA. He should be thoroughly investigated. I am sure that this Mafia is conspiring against Imran Khan and PIA.

    • you lads need to rethink that Imran Khan or PMLN or PPPP or any other party whether created by establishment or not is not gonna help you with a single penny.

      Stop supporting these corrupt leaders and their parties including PTI and PMLN and start working on your skills. Evaluate yourself what you have learnt new everyday and how it can help improve your life. If everyone focuses on oneself and their families, these corrupt leaders will become part of the history.

      • @Najam No You are wrong. My Leader Imran Khan needs our Support. Only Imran Khan is the warrior fighting against all the Mafias of Pakistan. Once Corruption mafia will be gone then everything will be fine.

  • This is good for us. Rebuild PIA again and clean all the politically infested cr*p out from from the airline.

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