European aviation regulator EASA has confirmed that it is in constant dialogue with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to help the later to start flights to United Kingdom (UK).
EASA in talks with PIA to resume UK flights
European Union Aviation Safety Agency, EASA has confirmed that the aviation regulator is in constant talks with Pakistan International Airlines and Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority to help the airline to start flights to United Kingdom.
In July 2020, many countries including the United Kingdom, United States and Canada banned Pakistan International Airlines from operating to their country’s airports.
Reason was a huge pilot scandal was exposed within Pakistan International Airlines. Pilots were getting licenses through system loopholes. They were getting licenses without training.
EASA to visit Pakistan
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) stated that their team will visit Pakistan, and depending upon the progress, they will make further decisions. Various media reports are saying that EASA will conducted a remote audit of Pakistan International Airlines some months ago.
In September, the European regulator is planning to do on-site audits.
What Pakistan has to say?
Recently, Aviation Minister of Pakistan said that the government is expecting to restart United Kingdom flights within next 3 months. He added that flights to rest of the European destinations and United States of America will also resume later. Minister on Twitter announced that with removal of a litigation in parliament, Pakistan International Airlines is now eligible to fly to UK, subject to EASA regulatory approvals.
The Pakistan Govt is looking to outsource major airports like Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
PIA, the national airline of Pakistan is planning to add Boeing 777 to fleet to take B777 fleet to 11. The airline is struggling financially and cannot even survive for a single day without govt funds.
Source Credits : ch-aviation