“Pakistan International airlines” will not be allowed to fly in most countries of Europe for the next six months, the European Union Agency for aviation safety (EASA) said on Tuesday, after it emerged that almost a third of the Pakistani pilots were deceived in their pilot exams.
In the letter to ban Pakistani national airlines in EASA States “the validity of the Pakistani pilot licenses and Pakistan as the state of the operator, is not currently able to certify and control of operators and aircraft in accordance with applicable international standards.”
The Pakistani Minister of aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, last week reported that of the 260 860 pilots incorrectly got their license.
The scandal came to light during the investigation on may 22, the Airbus A320 crash in southern Pakistan port of Karachi, in which 97 people were killed. Further investigation eventually led the investigators found that the civil aviation authority had issued licenses to pilots who have cheated on exams.
The government has since released five officials from the regulatory authority and Pia subsequently, 150 grounded pilots to cheat.
Pia, who does not fly to Europe because of the epidemic of coronavirus, was hoping to resume flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Barcelona and Milan over the next two months.
“We have reached the bottom, I am so sad to say,” spokeswoman Pia Abdullah Hafiz said.
“The saddest thing for Pia is that we were warned by the Agency and the government,” said Hafiz, in relation to the scandal, in an interview with the associated Press.
Questionable licenses pilots do not belong to Pia. Let it be on record that these licenses were issued by the competent authority and acts in accordance with their records. This process of divergence by which they were obtained, initiate a request to the GOP and action.
— Pia (@Official_PIA) 25 Jun 2020
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