European Union Retains Ban on PIA

The European Commission has reportedly announced to retain the ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operations in its member countries.

According to the local media reports, the commission has asked the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to remove the safety deficiency and to improve the issuance of pilot licensing process.


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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had barred the PIA from operating in EU member countries for six months in July this year.

Similar bans followed from the UK and US aviation authorities, crippling the already suffering national airline due to the worldwide lockdowns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) met on November 17 and 18 in Brussels to update the list of airlines that have been banned by the European Commission.

The meeting unanimously reached a conclusion, following which, the European Commission formally adopted a regulation amending the list of air carriers, which are banned from operating within the EU.

The ASC informed the Secretary Aviation, Hasan Nasir Jamy of the development in a letter. It said that the situation of airlines certified in Pakistan was examined during the meeting.


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The letter detailed numerous correspondences received between the end of June and November from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA).

During this correspondence, the EU Commission said that the ASC continued to show concerns over the insufficient safety measures taken by the CAA and to identify the reason for the reoccurrence of the same or similar safety deficiencies.

The Commission also recognized the efforts by the aviation authority to enforce corrective measures, however, it said more efforts were required to keep the country’s flag carrier off the ban list.

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