KARACHI: All the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flights have been temporarily banned from flying to the Europe Union and the United Kingdom for six months.
The permission has been suspended by the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) viewing the rising number of coronavirus case as well as following surfacing of the issue of dubious licenses. “Pakistan is not capable to certify and oversee its airline operators,” said EASA.
The implementation of the suspension began at 12:00 am UTC on Jul 1, 2020.
The UK Civil Aviation Agency also suspended the PIA flight from three airports including Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester.
Geo News has quoted a UK CAA official as saying that, “Following the decision on June 30, 2020, by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspend permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate services to the European Union, PIA flights from Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester airports are suspended with immediate effect.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority is required under law to withdraw PIA’s permit to operate to the UK pending EASA’s restoration of their approval that it meets international air safety standards.”