Threat of Omani airspace ban looms over PIA

Islamabad: A danger of a ban on Pakistan(PAK) Intl. Airlines (PIA) airplanes within the airspace of Oman looms huge as the Civil Airline Authority (CAA) ensured them that credentials of all pilots were scrutinised to make sure airplane safety, a media record stated.

Awhile expressing worry over the previous safety problem with the PIA, the Omani Civil Airline Authority alerted Pakistan(PAK) that the domestic flag carrier can be barred from utilizing its airspace, the Dawn information record stated on Tue. citing reported sources.

The sources added further that the Omani officials also inquired Islamabad to clarify what curative steps were taken to make sure safety of airplanes.

The Pakistan(PAK) CAA clarified to the Omani Civil Airline Authority that credentials of all pilots, who have been permitted to fly, were scrutinised before they were announced fit to fly, they stated.

The Omani officials have been furthermore reported that the scrutiny of pilots has been started by this Pakistani officials on the directive of the Supreme Court of Pakistan(PAK) a couple of yrs. back, the sources clarified.

Amidst the airline crises, 7 different nations where Pakistani pilots were employed with various airlines had inquired Islamabad to verify their own credentials.

The problem of ‘dubious’ licenses drew globe attention after Airline Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan disclosed within the Domestic Assembly that there have been 860 active pilots within the nation & 260 pilots hadn’t Saturday their own examinations themselves & almost 30 percent of the pilots had fraud (or) inappropriate license & didn’t have flying experience, Dawn information recorded.