Europe Bans PIA over pilots flying with fake licences


Europe bans entry of Pakistan International Airlines over dubious pilot license

Nearly a third of Pakistan International Airlines pilots were grounded for holding fake licences. (File)

European Union Air Safety Agency EASA has suspended the authorisation for the Pakistan International Airlines PIA to operate in Europe for six months following fake license issue. the airline’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

The move was taken after Pakistan itself announced that 262 pilots have “dubious” licenses.

“EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorisation to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020, with the right to appeal against this decision,” a PIA statement said.

PIA would discontinue all its flights to Europe temporarily.

“PIA is in contact with EASA to allay their concerns and to take necessary corrective measures along with filing the appeal against the decision,” the statement said.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Minister announcement last week of the grounding of 262 airline pilots suspected of having free licenses had caused global concern.