Are Pakistani aircraft, pilots about to get banned in 188 countries?

Pakistan, also a member state of the ICAO, was identified among eight countries that had neglected to address the SSCs.

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The airlines working in Pakistan may face a ban on operating in 188 countries worldwide. The airlines have failed to meet international standards concerning pilot licensing as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The country’s national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, has already been suspended from flying to the United Kingdom and the European Union over the licensing scandal.

In the 12th meeting of its 179th session, the ICAO approved a mechanism for addressing Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) to its member states.

Pakistan, also a member state of the ICAO, was identified among eight countries that had neglected to address the SSCs.

The ICAO issued a severe warning to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) to regulate all aspects of civil aviation over safety concerns.

The ICAO stated that the PCAA had failed to meet the international standards regarding the personnel licensing and training regarding the licensing process for a pilot. Therefore, the country’s aircraft and pilots are likely to be banned from flying to 188 countries.

Speaking regarding the ICAO’s warning, The Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (Palpa) spokesperson said, “This will have serious consequences and could be a total failure for Pakistan’s aviation industry.”

He added, “Palpa had been raising this issue since June 2020, but unfortunately, it was neglected by the concerned authorities. It had forwarded various options to renew the system following international practices.”

After the expiry of the given 90 days by the ICAO, Pakistan, along with the other four countries, will be on the red flag, and its registered aircraft and pilots will be barred to fly in 188 countries.

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.

  • Sari dunya ko Airlines bana kr dene wali PIA ko aj apny hi ghr k luteron ki waja se dunya dhamkiyan de rahi hai.. hayee afsos…🤐😢

  • Very sad, PCAA badly failed to met international standards the officials of CAA should be punished. Its matter of our country reputation.


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