New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The United States Department of Transportation on Friday (local time) announced that it has revoked the permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to fly its charter flights to the United States.

The US Department of Transportation cited the concerns of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over Pakistani pilot certifications for its decision to ban the PIA flights to the US.

According to news agency Reuters, the information is contained in revocation of special authorisation dated July 1. Pakistan last month grounded almost a third of its pilots after discovering they may have falsified their qualifications.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) also confirmed the ban by US and said that the air carrier will take corrective measures to address the concerns of the transportation department, Reuters reported.

Earlier on July 1, Airline regulators of European Union (EU) also barred the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for six months after the PIA grounded one-third of its pilots over fake or dubious licenses.

According to a report by news agency AFP, PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan said that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) informed the state-run carrier that the agency ‘is still not sure if all the remaining pilots are properly qualified, and they have lost their confidence in the airline’.     

EASA, in a statement, said that it has suspended Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and a smaller private Pakistan private airline from flying in the European countries.

In its statement, the EASA said, “in view of the recent investigation reported on in the Pakistani Parliament which revealed that a large share of pilot licenses issued in Pakistan are invalid, the PIA is suspended from flying in the EU countries".

On May 22, a PIA flight crashed into houses in Karachi, killing all 97 people aboard the plane and a child on the ground. Investigators blamed two pilots, who were chatting about the coronavirus while they first attempted to land the Airbus A320 without putting its wheels down.



(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan