The European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has suspended Pakistan’s state-owned airline (PIA) flights to European countries for six months.
Asia officials said the suspension order would take effect on July 1.
The agency made the decision following reports that hundreds of pilots in Pakistan had obtained fake flight licenses. In a letter to Pakistan State Airlines, Patrick Kay, CEO of Asia, said:” The airline has not been able to implement all the necessary safety measures in accordance with the decisions of the Chicago Convention. ”
The letter further stated:It is learned that on June 9, Pakistan’s Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told his country’s parliament that about six out of seven pilots in the country had been issued flight licenses by fraudulent flights. According to the report, AISA is concerned about the licenses of Pakistani pilots. ”
On the other hand, PIA officials have also accepted the reports, saying that those who have already bought their tickets can extend their tickets or recoup their costs.
PIA officials say they are in contact with officials at the European Aviation Safety Authority and are taking steps to address their concerns.
Last week, Pakistan’s state-run aviation company (PIA) refused to allow seven pilots to fly after officials said their licenses were fake.
Pakistan’s civil aviation minister has told parliament that many private pilots have fake licenses or have failed tests.
Aviation safety in Pakistan is not good and some planes have crashed.
The issue coincided with an investigation into a PIA plane crash in Karachi last June.