Covid-19: China stops PIA flights for three weeks

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has halted flights to China in the wake of the second wave of coronavirus in China. The flights were cancelled after 10 Pakistani passengers tested positive for Covid-19, a PIA spokesman confirmed the suspension of...

Root cause of failure

ACCIDENTS of all sorts frequently occur in the country. Accidents or failures should be a learning opportunity. This is done by investigating or finding the reasons for failure, which is also called root cause failure analysis. Root cause failure analysis is a part of...

Restructuring the white elephant

PIA was created and funded by the state to provide affordable, reliable and safe air transportation to the public who pay to travel. While there is no doubt that PIA employees would be inconvenienced by the long-overdue shifting of operational and administrative...

The shifting of the PIA headquarters

The PTI regime has finally decided to shift the PIA Headquarters from the mega city of Karachi to Islamabad. This measure was in the pipeline for some time. The federal government may have some compelling reasons for its decision but the people of Sindh and...

SCCI-PIA agreement to facilitate business community

PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and a team of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Peshawar on Thursday agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the business community. The agreement will be signed between SCCI and...

CAA divided into three divisions

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has been divided into three divisions: regulatory, airport & operations and support functions to make the organisation more robust to ensure safe and secure civil aviation affairs in the country. The PCAA...

Privatization to be accelerated

EDITORIAL: Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCoP) under the chairmanship of the federal finance minister Dr Hafeez Sheikh directed the Privatization Commission (PC) to accelerate the privatization/management contracts of all entities and present the implementation...

VSS availed by 2,000 PIA employees to cost govt Rs5 bn

ISLAMABAD: The Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) availed by 2,000 employees of Pakistan International Airlines will cost around Rs5 billion to the federal government. However, the PIA spokesperson claims the VSS will save Rs 2.5 billion annually, as the national flag...

PIA resumes flight operations to Saudi Arabia after it reopens borders

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Sunday said it was resuming flight operations to Saudi Arabia after the Gulf country announced the reopening of borders and the resumption of international flights following a two-week suspension aimed to stem the spread of...

A busy airport

This refers to the letter ‘The fall of PIA’ (Jan 4) by G Zaman. The shifting of PIA’s head office from Karachi to Islamabad is being justified with the assumption that the capital city is the dominant aviation hub of the country and that Karachi doesn’t generate...

PIA denies moving head-office from Karachi to Islamabad

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) management has denied reports that it is moving the national carrier's headquarters from Karachi to Islamabad. In a letter to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), the management clarified that the HQ was not being moved...

CAA’s bifurcation an international aviation requirement: minister

RAWALPINDI: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the bifurcation of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was being done according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirement. In reply to a question during a press conference on Saturday, the...

Shifting PIA offices

THIS is with reference to the news report ‘PIA moving head offices to Islamabad next month’ (Dec 21). The shifting is to be completed in phases ending March 2021. There is also talk of shifting the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry to Islamabad....

2,000 employees have applied for voluntary separation: PIA

RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD: With the sun setting on the tumultuous year of 2020 on Thursday, the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) closed its Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) and began tallying the total number of employees availing the facility and...

Travel ban hits aviation sector

ISLAMABAD: As the coronavirus outbreak made headlines, countries across the globe initiated lockdowns and suspended international air travel in 2020 in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, delivering a heavy blow to the aviation industry. In the aftermath of the...

PIA’s ongoing woes

THE disastrous consequences of the Civil Aviation Authority’s cavalier approach towards its core regulatory duties, particularly where the national flag carrier is concerned, are continuing to play out. Only last Friday, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan expressed...

SITUATIONER: SPARKS FLY IN PIA

AMID a sense of fear and insecurity that has prevailed among thousands of employees, the Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) management is moving forward with its plan to cut the existing workforce by half and shift the head office of the national flag carrier from...

Can capital manage the white elephant?

THIS refers to the news item ‘PIA moving head offices to Islamabad next month’ (Dec 21). One is at a loss to comprehend the reason for this and the circumstances that motivated the people at the helm of affairs to contemplate shifting the PIA head offices to...

PIA forms body to probe irregularities in recruitment

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday constituted a four-member team to investigate irregularities in the recruitment of daily wage employees in the previous tenures. The team will be headed by GM HR Wing Commander Kamran Anjum. According...

PIA offers EASA to restrict EU operations to limited pilots

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is consistently beguiling the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with some impetuous offers to get permitted for EU operations again as the airline has now offered to restrict its EU operations to limited pilots, who...

PIA’s restructuring

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is moving its head offices, in phases, to Islamabad. Besides this, the PIA management is planning to curtail different expenses incurred under the head of medical facilities given to employees, which the management calls a huge...

EU Ban

Just as the Aviation Minister expressed high hopes for the lifting of the EU ban for PIA, the body itself has announced plans to extend it by another three months, at least until further inspection by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In the end, what we see is a...

CAA DG appointment challenged in high court

LAHORE: The appointment of retired Flt Lt Khaqan Murtaza as director general of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been challenged before the Lahore High Court. A citizen namely Mian Khurram Aftab assailed the appointment of the DG in a petition filed through...

EU ban won’t be lifted before CAA audit, PIA told

KARACHI: A day after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan expressed hopes that the ban imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights in Europe would be lifted soon, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) informed the national flag...

European ban on PIA likely to be lifted soon: minister

TAXILA: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that most concerns of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding process of issuing licences to commercial pilots have been addressed and it is hoped the ban imposed on Pakistan International...

PM wants NA speaker to immediately accept resignations

ISLAMABAD: Prime Mi­­nister Imran Khan, during a meeting with a group of his spokespersons on Thursday, said the government would ask the National Assembly speaker to immediately accept resignations of opposition parliamentarians, whenever they came. The prime...

Report on PIA jet crash based on assumptions: CAA

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board's (AAIB's) report on the December 2016 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash near Havelian is based on assumptions and overlooks multiple technical details, stated a report submitted by the Civil Aviation Authority...

CAA heaps blame on pilots for PIA Havelian crash

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday questioned the credibility of Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board’s inquiry report into the PIA’s ATR crash at Havelian in the Sindh High Court, submitting that “AAIB report seems to be based on lots of...

PIA still top-heavy

Will still have too many employees after VSS PIA aims to have about 7,000 to 8,000 employees after the current Voluntary Separation Scheme, down from the current count of 14,500 employees, which it currently has for 29 planes and plans to outsource certain functions...

Expensive lease of PIA’s ATR-72 aircrafts comes on FIA radar

KARACHI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has launched a probe into the purchase of ATR-72 aircraft by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on an expensive dry lease for six years. The FIA has decided to issue notices to all those responsible for purchasing the PIA...

Pilot licences: SC dismisses PIACL’s report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited (PIACL)'s report regarding pilot licences. A three-judge special bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard Air...

SC says PIA’s report just an eyewash

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Monday expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by PIA terming it just an eyewash and sought a comprehensive report regarding its business revival plan. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the...

PIA has cleared 110 pilots, SC told

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that the national flag carrier had cleared 110 pilots out of the 141 whose licences to fly had been suspended against the backdrop of the fake degrees controversy. Senior advocate Salman Akram Raja, representing the...

PIA getting rid of four aircraft due to expensive lease

KARACHI: While the Pakistan International Airlines is set to acquire more planes as part of its business plan, it has decided to remove four ATR aircraft from its current fleet of 30 due to an “expensive lease” arrangement. One of the four ATR aircraft was sent to...

Info about fake pilots’ licences incorrect: IHC

ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has observed that the verification process of pilots licences conducted by the Aviation Division is dubious, noting that it is now clear that the information that the licences of 262 pilots are fake is incorrect. An inquiry...

What ails Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority

IHC declares CAA order of revoking pilot’s licence as null and void ISLAMABAD-The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday declared the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) order of revoking the license of a pilot as null and void. A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice...

IHC declares CAA order of revoking pilot’s licence as null and void

IHC declares CAA order of revoking pilot’s licence as null and void ISLAMABAD-The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday declared the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) order of revoking the license of a pilot as null and void. A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice...

‘CAA’s process of granting licenses to pilots suspicious’

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah on Tuesday observed that the Civil Aviation Authority's procedure of granting licenses to pilots is suspicious. The chief justice noted that the CAA has now clarified that the information...

PIA voluntary separation scheme for employees

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) for its employees, including pilots and engineers, and asked them to apply for it till Dec 22. A PIA spokesman said on Monday that the VSS package had been prepared...

IHC restores suspended licence of pilot

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has nullified the suspension of licence of a pilot by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), ARY News reported on Tuesday. The plea of pilot Saqlain Akhtar against the suspension of his licence was taken up by the IHC Chief...

Fourth Anniversary of PK-661 Crash Shuhada

Dear Member, Since it is fourth anniversary of PK-661 crash Shuhada, please know that we all are there with Shuhada families to hold their hands. Through this message, we wish to express our deep sympathies and condolences. Please take this comfort in knowing that our...

I have been victimised by PIA: Shahbaz Senior

LAHORE: Former Pakistan hockey captain and legendary forward Shahbaz Ahmad Senior has termed his transfer from Islamabad to Karachi by his parent body PIA as an act of revenge and vows to get a stay-order against the harsh decision. Shahbaz, who led Pakistan to win...

Change in plans

Despite the many promises made by the PTI, before coming to power, that it would retain all national assets such as giant corporations like Pakistan Steel Mills and PIA under the wings of the government and keep them as assets for the nation, this plan has changed....