EU bars Pakistan International Airlines to fly to Europe for 6 months

Pertaining to the recent revelation of a scandal in Pakistan that brought to the surfaced the black truth of Pakistan’s aviation industry, revealing that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated on their pilot exams, the Pakistan International Airlines will not be allowed to fly into most of Europe for the next six months.

The scandal came to light during investigations into the May 22 Airbus A320 plane crash at Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi, in which 97 people were killed.

The decision has been taken by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on June 30 keeping in mind the safety of the passengers.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in a letter banning Pakistan’s national airline-Pakistan International Airlines, cited concerns about “the validity of the Pakistani pilot licenses and that Pakistan, as the State of operator, is currently not capable to certify and oversee its operators and aircraft in accordance with applicable international standards”.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, reported last week that 260 of 860 pilots had improperly gotten their licenses, thus compelling EASA to take strict actions.

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