Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chief, Air Marshal Arshad Malik, has requested the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a waiver on its charges to help the airline deal with the unprecedented crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The CEO of the national carrier has written a letter to the CAA director general in this regard, saying that the aviation industry is going through the worst crisis of its history. It says:
Unfortunately, even after surviving for three months in the corona crisis, the airline industry is under immense stress due to challenging future outlook.
The letter mentioned that many international airlines have gone bankrupt or have laid off their employees due to the crisis.
It said that PIA has made all-out efforts to remain operational and has operated a large number of relief flights to repatriate overseas Pakistanis at a time when other private airlines were not operating.
Despite our efforts, this challenge is too enormous to be handed by PIACL alone; to surmount it we need the help of Government of Pakistan and its esteemed institutions like CAA.
The chief called for the suspension of CAA charges until the COVID-19 situation controlled.
The relief will not only help PIA overcome its financial crisis but also ensure the survival of the airline industry in Pakistan. It will also save thousands of jobs in the airline and other relevant sectors, he added.