Shocking news for Pakistan! Local airlines that are being operated within the country are likely to be banned in 188 countries for not meeting the international standards of pilot licensing recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – a UN specialized agency.
According to the details, the ICAO’s 179th session confirmed the mechanism to address Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) in the twelfth meeting, to its member states. During the meeting, Pakistan and seven other member states were referred to as non-compliant with the SSCs
For failing to address the safety concerns, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also been warned by the International Civil Aviation Body.
Last week, the ICAO stated in its letter that Pakistan Civil Aviation does not meet with the global standards pertaining to pilot licensing and it lacks professional training in the licensing processing. Moreover, Pakistan’s airlines and pilots may also be banned from entering 188 countries.
A Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) spokesperson said that,
“It might be disastrous for Pakistan’s aviation industry.”
PALPA has also requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to take notice of the issue and set up a special task force to urgently address it.