The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has reportedly lambasted Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for its “irresponsible attitude and maladministration”.
According to sources, the CAA expressed displeasure with PIA for being ignorant of international leasing laws and becoming a source of international embarrassment for the country.
When PIA knew that the Boeing-777 was involved in a court dispute, why did it allow the aircraft abroad? Was the PIA unaware that it was violating international laws?
On the other hand, the Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said that the PIA aircraft had been impounded by the Malaysian authorities as the airline had failed to pay its lease due to the pandemic.
He added that a Malaysian court had issued an order without listening to any arguments by PIA’s representatives.
The minister also disclosed that PIA’s officials will appear before a court in London on 22 January and before a Malaysian court on 24 January and that the national carrier would have to “accept the decision of the courts”.
Note that the national flag carrier had acquired the plane on an expensive lease during the tenure of the PML-N.