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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...

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...

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...

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’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...

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...