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Govt to file appeal on August 31 against EASA’s decision to ban PIA

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

15th Aug, 2020. 01:46 pm
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Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar has said that government would be filing an appeal against European Air Safety Agency (EASA)’s decision to ban Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)

According to the details, PIA remains persistent to resolve its ban issue with the EASA.

Ghulam Sarwar expects that the issue to be resolved in two months, the national flag carrier is in contact with EASA

Sarwar added that the government would be filing an appeal against EASA’s decision on August 31.

Just days ago, EASA rejected the appeal of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), and decided to maintain the ban on PIA flights till December 31 and threatening that the ban could be extended if they are not satisfied with the safety measures of Pakistan Civil Aviation.

However, the extension in the ban is conditional on Pakistan’s civil aviation measures, said EASA.

On July 1, the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) issued a six-month ban on all PIA flights to Europe.

The United Kingdom and the USA followed suit imposing a ban on all PIA flights.

The ban comes in the aftermath of an inquiry report regarding the crash of PIA flight 8303, operated by Airbus A320. In June, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar stated that 260 of 860 Pakistani pilots, including 141 PIA pilots, never sat for the exams and that their licenses were fake.

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