The issue of pilot’s dubious licenses has put PIA’s credibility at stake


At least 150 PIA pilots were grounded over "dubious licenses

The decision of the PIA management to ground at least 150 pilots on the basis of dubious licenses and certificates has raised many questions on the recruitment and scrutiny process of pilots. This issue has put the credibility of Pakistan’s national carrier and aviation regulator at stake.
 International Air Transport Association (IATA) has declared this issue “serious lapse” in safety controls after the PIA grounded one third of its pilots. Commenting on the development, IATA said it was "following reports from Pakistan regarding fake pilot licenses, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator".
At least 150 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots were grounded over "dubious licenses", the national flag-carrier said Thursday, a day after the preliminary report of the Karachi plane crash blamed the pilots and the air traffic control (ATC) for the incident.
A PIA spokesperson said pilots who get their licenses verified would be allowed back on duty. "Grounding so many pilots will affect the PIA flight operation.” The spokesperson added they had already dismissed six pilots with fake degrees. "We have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to send the list of the remaining licenses.
PIA was once among the best airlines in the world. PIA helped to form different airlines in Gulf countries including Emirates airline. PIA is suffering huge losses and lost big chunk of its business to Gulf based airlines. PIA once was the leader in airline industry for introducing entertainment and other on board services. But in last few decades, its services crippled while Gulf airlines improved their services to attract passengers. 
 International Air Transport Association (IATA) has declared this issue “serious lapse” in safety controls after the PIA grounded one third of its pilots. Commenting on the development, IATA said it was "following reports from Pakistan regarding fake pilot licenses, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator".
At least 150 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots were grounded over "dubious licenses", the national flag-carrier said Thursday, a day after the preliminary report of the Karachi plane crash blamed the pilots and the air traffic control (ATC) for the incident.

A PIA spokesperson said pilots who get their licenses verified would be allowed back on duty. "Grounding so many pilots will affect the PIA flight operation.” The spokesperson added they had already dismissed six pilots with fake degrees. "We have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to send the list of the remaining licenses.

PIA was once among the best airlines in the world. PIA helped to form different airlines in Gulf countries including Emirates airline. PIA is suffering huge losses and lost big chunk of its business to Gulf based airlines. PIA once was the leader in airline industry for introducing entertainment and other on board services. But in last few decades, its services crippled while Gulf airlines improved their services to attract passengers. 
PIA was in comfortable position before the introduction of  Open Sky Policy in 1990s. PIA failed to compete with international airlines due to the lack of investment in new aeroplanes and to improve the services. The nepotism, corruption and mismanagement also played its role in the downfall of PIA.
                                                                Special correspondent

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