Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has sacked more than 1,500 employees for hiring on fake documents, while the airline is also simplifying and improving its human resource process by incorporating the EPIA Workers Portal.

According to the Dawn newspaper, this was revealed during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation chaired by Senator Hidayatullah.

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan also attended the meeting and told the committee that PIA lost Rs 67.4 billion in 2018.

It was further informed that in 2020, the revenue was Rs 94.98 billion and the operational losses were Rs 68 crore.

The committee was also informed that Code 19 has affected the market and about 60% of operations have stopped.

The PIA spokesman said the airline had recovered $ 412 million from Airbus, which previous governments had not, and had also settled a $ 4 million claim with AirAsia.

It was informed that the airline is increasing tourism by introducing new routes from Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Sialkot, and Multan to Gilgit and has also started air safari flights for diplomats in association with Shangri-La Hotels.

The committee was informed that PIA is adding a simulator to reduce training costs for 2022 and 2023 and is also implementing engineering MRO projects for most commercial activities.

The meeting also discussed the issue of PIA-owned property, but airline officials requested an in-camera meeting.

PIA officials said that no one has taken possession of the property and no one has attached it and the case is pending and no final decision has been announced yet.

The meeting also discussed the EU’s ban on PIA.

Airline officials said the delay in lifting the ban was due to a delay in an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The ICAO announced the audit in July 2021, which was postponed due to Code 19.

The ICAO has now announced that the audit will be conducted from November 29 to December 10 and that flights to the European Union will be resumed after the audit.

PIA officials said it was a national agenda and asked the committee to send recommendations to the government.

The committee also discussed the PPRA rules which cause delays in the procurement of aircraft.

He was of the view that either the rules of PPRA could be amended or a procedure could be adopted in consultation with PPRA so as not to delay the procurement of aircraft.

Senator Saleem Mandiwala said that if the rules of PPRA are followed then PIA will never get a plane. He said that it is not only for planes but also for engines and cargo.

The committee was also informed that flights from Peshawar to Lahore have been resumed twice a week from this month, and flights from Islamabad to Malaysia have also been resumed due to non-payment of earlier lease dues. Were closed.

Regarding the non-implementation of the recommendation in the case of harassment of a female officer by the then Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of PIA, PIA officials clarified that if If the decision is received, it will be sent back to the concerned department.

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan assured the committee that their recommendations would be implemented and the official would be sent back before the next meeting.

The committee was informed that all available records of 262 pilots have been checked.

The federal cabinet has revoked the licenses of 50 pilots, except for seven who have approached the court. The licenses of 32 pilots have been suspended for a period of six to 12 months. In addition, 42 pilots have violated the FDTL.

The committee was told that the remaining licenses were found to be valid on the basis of data on cooperation with the airlines.

The committee was further informed that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had directed the pilots against 6 employees to be allowed to appear by proxy, conduct examinations beyond the stipulated date and time after public holidays and office hours. Disciplinary action has been initiated against him.

Two employees were suspended and four were sacked following a cabinet decision.


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