The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority failed to satisfy the international civil aviation bodies on the establishment of a safety management system and licensing system, after which the European Union Aviation Safety Agency decided to maintain the ban on PIA flights .
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (IASA) , wrote a letter to PIA.
The letter expressed confidence in the PIA’s initiatives on safety management system for flight safety, but said that the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has to work on improving the pilot licensing system. If steps are not taken, the current ban on PIA flights to Europe cannot be lifted.
The IASA letter further stated that a quality audit of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is necessary to lift the ban and this audit can be done only by Civil Aviation Authority , if CAA will be certain.
Aviation sources said that despite repeated reminders from international organizations, the Aviation Division and the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority have failed to satisfy the international civil aviation bodies on the establishment of a safety management system and licensing system.
The European Union (EU) had banned PIA flights for six months from July 1 following a statement by the Federal Minister of Aviation regarding fake Pakistani pilot licenses, but the ban remained in place indefinitely due to lack of timely action.