PIA Offers Voluntary Separation Scheme to Thousands of Employees

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has offered a Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) to its employees in a bid to cut down its expenses and bridge the annual deficit.

It was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik, during a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Aviation.


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Malik said that no airline in the world having 14,500 employees with a deficit of Rs. 400 billion and liabilities of over Rs. 100 billion can become self-sustainable.

He added that around 3,200 PIA employees will avail the VSS for an estimated Rs. 12.87 billion, whereas, the national flag carrier will save Rs. 4.2 billion on its annual wage bill.

Malik apprised the Aviation Committee that overstaffing is the primary reason behind PIA’s colossal losses.

PIA’s aircraft-to-employee ratio in comparison to other acclaimed international airlines is absurd, Malik told.

Turkish Airlines has 329 aircraft in its fleet and 31,000 employees. Its aircraft-to-employee ratio is 94. While Qatar Airways has 240 aircraft in its fleet and 32,000 employees. Its aircraft-to-employee ratio is 133. Etihad Airways has 102 aircraft in its fleet and 21,530 employees. Its aircraft-to-employee ratio is 211. Emirates has 269 aircraft in its fleet and 62,000 employees with an aircraft-to-employee ratio of 231.


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PIA, on the other hand, has 29 aircraft in its fleet and 14,500 employees. Its aircraft-to-employee ratio stands at 500.

A VSS scheme provides employees of any organization a chance to resign voluntarily by receiving substantial compensation against each year of service.

The scheme is normally implemented to reduce the headcount of employees to cut down the organization’s overhead costs. Most organizations opt for a VSS instead of retrenching or laying off to reduce the headcounts to avoid a bad reputation in the industry.


  • Don’t those airlines pay a lot better than PIA. I believe they should look at the employer wage expense per aircraft rather than employee per aircraft.

  • ملازمین کو فارغ کرنے کا مطلب گو ڈاون
    کب تک یہ تماشا چلتا رہے گا
    زیادہ تعداد میں ملازم بھرتی کرنے والے کو سخت ترین سزا دی جائے ملک تباہ کر دیاکھربوں روپے کی کرپشن ہو رہی ہے ادارے برباد ہو چکے ہیں اسمبلیوں میں کتے ہمارے ٹیکس کی کمائی پر عیش کر رہے میں نے اربوں روپے ماہانہ کی کرپشن کے شبوت دیے 1سال 6ماہ ھو گیا عمران نے کچھ نہیں کیا کھربوں کی بچت ہوگی لیکن ان اداروں کو بچایا جا رہا ہے ہر ادارہ کرپٹ مافیا سے بھرا پڑا ہے جرنیل ریٹائرڈ پبلک سروس کمیشن سمیت لگا دئے ہیں ادھر اربوں ڈالر بیرون کمپنی کو ڈی ایچ اے ملتان گالف کورس کیلئے قوم کو برباد کر دیا ہے ا

  • ہر ادارے میں مافیا کا راج ہے۔ آج کل کرونا کی آڑ میں انہوں نے مجبور لوگوں سے کروڑوں روپے کمائے ہیں ۔ سب سے گھٹیا اور بد ترین سروس ہے ان کی۔ ہم لوگ تو بس اپنے ملک کی ایئر لائن سمجھ کر سفر کرتے ہیں ورنہ تو یہ بد ترین سروس ہے

  • Now the CEO is that trying to divert the attention of the general publicc. Let the senate take the decision regarding the false accusation on pilots’ regarding the fake license case, then bring another issue at the forum.


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