PIA takes action against employees involved in money laundering

-PIA has efficiently migrated from SABRE to next-generation PSS, Senate physique informed

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) has taken motion towards two of its workers who have been discovered concerned in cash laundering, the airline’s Chief Govt Officer (CEO) Arshad Malik informed a Senate committee on Thursday.

He was briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation held right here on the Parliament Home on Thursday to debate issues associated to Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA).

The assembly was chaired by Senator Mushahidullah Khan and was attended by Senators Moula Bukhsh Chandio, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and others.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan directed Malik to submit a report on the motion taken towards those that have been discovered concerned in cash laundering.

In response, the PIA CEO stated that the names of workers who have been suspected of being concerned within the crime had been offered to safety companies and that they have been being watched.

A secretary of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) informed the lawmakers that as per the instructions of the prime minister (PM), the authority had arrange workplaces for safety companies at every airport. “The companies will monitor actions on airports by CCTV cameras,” the official revealed.

He additionally knowledgeable the committee {that a} joint management room had been set as much as forestall smuggling and cash laundering.

Moreover, the PIA CEO additionally knowledgeable the committee that PIA has efficiently migrated from SABRE to the subsequent technology Passenger Providers System (PSS) HIT IT.

“PIA had been utilizing the previous system for 18 years. Info expertise has totally modified up to now few years and now presents much more alternatives for higher customer support. PIA’s new PSS is not going to solely assist the airline improve its expertise to fulfill world benchmarks but in addition to streamline its operations, increase its service choices, scale back prices by half, create alternatives new income streams but in addition enhance the passenger expertise,” he stated.

“Through the preliminary few days PIA confronted some small disruptions as a consequence of change of apparatus and the problems associated to coaching of employees, nonetheless, each the problems have been addressed and the outcomes are encouraging. On the entire, the cut-over has been very profitable with out even a single flight cancellation, main disruption or system shutdown,” he added.

He stated that the airline’s workers are getting management and experience of the brand new system and the operational effectivity is bettering with every passing day.

“In October 2018, a complete of 13,292 flights have been working and never even a single flight was cancelled as a consequence of system change,” he stated whereas including that the worth of gross sales have been roughly Rs9.5 billion.

The collapse of a passenger boarding bridge on October 9 was additionally mentioned within the assembly. Civil aviation officers knowledgeable the committee members {that a} high-level board of inquiry has already been ordered by the CAA.

They stated that two officers have been injured throughout the incident, together with bridge operator Mudasar and loader Munir from the Royal Airport Providers (RAS) employees.

“A design fault has been recognized as the reason for the collapse in accordance with an interim report,” they stated.

The committee suggested {that a} Pakistan Air Drive (PAF) member should be included within the committee as to additional present a serving to hand in rectifying the error.

It was additional directed {that a} well-qualified one that has been receiving coaching overseas significantly for this explicit function should be included within the committee as nicely.

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