The European Union’s flight ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is expected to be lifted soon, citing a country official from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has informed the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) of Pakistan that, “The CAA recent safety audit was presented to its validation committee, which cleared it, after which Senate Sub Committee (SSC) will be removed.
“The European Union Aviation Safety Agency will lift the ban,” CAA Director General Khaqan Murtaza said at a Senate Sub Committee on Aviation meeting on Wednesday.
He further stated that the PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) would not resume flying operations to the European Union unless the CAA consented.
The audit team that visited Pakistan to undertake the safety process and aviation authority completed the operation on 10 December. However, the final report is not yet ready and will take a few weeks to complete. The audit team will publicise it.
IN APRIL, the EAXA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) had extended travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan aviation.
In 2020, the EU will account for 14.3% of Pakistan’s overall commerce and absorption 28% of Pakistan’s total exports, making it the country’s second most crucial economic partner.
Pakistan was the EU’s 42nd most crucial trading partner in goods in 2020, accounting for 0.3 percent of total EU trade.
Pakistan Aviation News tweeted, “PIA Boeing 777-200LR Wordliner aircraft registration AP-BGZ performing Multan to Jeddah Flight PK97739 landed at Muscat Airport due to cargo hold fire/overheat.
On December 23, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner aircraft registration AP-BGZ performing Multan to Jeddah flight PK9739 landed at Muscat Airport due to cargo hold fire/overheat indication/alarm.
— Pakistan Aviation News 🇵🇰 (@avpak3) December 23, 2021