ICAO lifts ban on Pakistani airways after profitable security audit


KARACHI:

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has stated Pakistan’s civil aviation regulator has resolved important security issues that arose from a 2020 scandal over faux pilot licences, authorities stated on Wednesday.

Pakistan grounded 262 airline pilots in June 2020 after they have been suspected of dishonest on necessary licence assessments – a scandal that tainted the nation’s aviation trade and its flag provider, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which European and US aviation regulators barred from their territories.

“It has withdrawn its objection on important security issues,” a spokesman for Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Saifullah Khan stated, referring to the ICAO.

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A consultant of the ICAO, a UN aviation company, was not instantly accessible for remark.

The scandal got here to mild following the crash of a PIA airplane in May 2020 within the metropolis of Karachi, by which 97 folks have been killed.

Pakistani officers accused 262 pilots, a overwhelming majority of whom have been flying business plane, of getting another person take their necessary exams for qualifying as a pilot.

Following the scandal, the ICAO requested Pakistan to undertake instant corrective motion and droop the issuing of any new pilot licences.

A nine-member ICAO committee carried out a 10-day audit in Pakistan, which was concluded in early December.

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The aviation authority distributed a press release it stated got here from the ICAO stating: “The Committee decided that the actions taken by Pakistan had efficiently resolved important security issues.”

CAA stated it hoped it might resume licensing pilots in February.

PIA issued a press release citing chief govt Arshad Malik as welcoming the ICAO conclusion as a optimistic improvement for aviation in Pakistan, which might pave the way in which for the resumption of PIA flights to Britain and the remainder of Europe.
 

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