The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) has rejected the appeal of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for resumption of flights, instead deciding to extend the ban on PIA flights till December 31, 2020. However, the extension in the ban is conditional on the measures taken by Pakistan’s civil aviation, Business Recorder reported on Thursday.
The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) had issued a six-month ban on all PIA flights to Europe on July 1. The United Kingdom and the USA also followed suit banning all PIA flights. These bans came after the inquiry report regarding the crash of PIA flight 8303, operated by Airbus A320 came out.
Earlier, in June, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar also said that 260 of 860 Pakistani pilots, including 141 PIA pilots, never sat for the exams and that their licenses were fake, which also culminated to PIA’s woes.