PIA downgraded to one-star by the top airline rating website

The rating comes after the airline was suspected to be protecting 262 pilots with fake licenses.

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PIA downgraded

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been downgraded to a one-star airline, the lowest rating out of seven stars, by the top airline-rating website AirlineRatings.com.

The rating comes after the airline was suspected to be protecting 262 pilots with fake licenses.

Recently, the European Union banned the PIA operations in the bloc for six-months. This reduced it to a one-star airline from a three-star one.

The AirlineRatings.com has removed PIA of its three-stars for the IATA Operational Safety Audit and one-star for the ICAO country audit.

The Chief Editor of the website, Geoffrey Thomas, said, “Obviously there needs to be an inquiry into possible bribery and forging related to the pilot licenses.”

“This is profoundly disturbing as the IOSA audit and ICAO country audit should pick this up,” Thomas said.

In a statement, IATA said they are following reports from Pakistan about fake pilot licenses, calling them “concerning” and “a serious lapse in-licensing and safety error by the aviation regulator.”

“We are trying to acquire more information on the issue,” the statement read.

After Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan stated last week that 262 out of 860 PIA pilots had been suspected of having fake licenses, 150 pilots were dismissed. The airline has been under fire due to its recent plane crash that killed 98 people in May in Karachi.

According to a report by Bloomberg, PIA is expected to be the first airline to default because of a global demand drop caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ratings relegate to the lowest safety standards and could further damage the national carrier’s business because customers will avoid traveling. Moreover, other countries may close their airports for PIA flights.

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

  • @Youthia — What was Ghulam Sarwar Khan (Federal Minister for Aviation) doing when he assumed office in April 2019?

  • ہم عام پاکستانی جس طرح سے اس قومی اثاثے کے لیے پریشان ہوتے ہیں کاش اس ادارے میں کام کرنے والے نکھٹو بھی اس طرح کریں خیر ہم نے بہت کوشش کر لی اب بس اس ادارے کو سرے سے ہی ختم کر دینا چاہیے

     

  • Give golden handshake to all the employees of PIA and shut it down. PIA unions are so strong that they wouldn’t allow its privatisation.


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