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Airlines should take necessary steps to rationalise their airfares

2nd meeting of Aviation Oversight Committee was held at ISLAMABAD: Secretary Aviation/DGCAA Shahrukh Nusrat presiding over the meeting.

The Secretary Aviation and director-general Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Shahrukh Nusrat have asked the airlines to take necessary steps to rationalise their airfares, especially on the occasions of religious significance. He was presiding over the 2nd Meeting of Aviation Oversight Committee recently held here at Headquarters of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The Secretary Aviation & DG CAA informed the air operators that in compliance with the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, all scheduled air carriers shall be required to operate 5 per cent of their total capacity – available seat kilometres (ASKs) – on primary routes and another 5 per cent on socio-economic routes.

He said that “In case of non-compliance on above directives, the RPT or airline not operating on the primary and socio-economic routes shall compensate the RPT airline (read PIA) operating on these routes for the loss if any- suffered from subject operations”.

He also informed the participants of the meeting that CAA has submitted a proposal for further relaxation in aircraft age requirements -especially for air cargo and flying schools- as stated in Annex-G of National Aviation Policy (NAP)-2019. Shahrukh Nusrat said, “CAA has approved the said amendments and the matter is in process at Aviation Division for approval”.

The Secretary also informed the participants that all the CAA Regulations have been revised to align with NAP 2019. The operators are being brought in line with new regulations. Accordingly, the implementation of the condition of three billing cycles will be finalized in due course of time for RPT license holders.

Secretary Aviation and DGCAA Shahrukh Nusrat presiding over 2nd meeting of Aviation Oversight Committee with all stakeholders in Pakistan.

The participants were also apprised that due to aircraft availability issues for flight operations under Tourism Promotion & Regional Integration (TPRI) License, the seating capacity condition has been removed from NAP-2019 and will be decided by the authority (CAA) after due deliberation on case to case basis.

Shahrukh Nusrat further said that as per directions of Prime Minister of Pakistan, all operators that are operating to or from Pakistan are required to use paper or bio-degradable material instead of conventional plastic or polythene ensuring that Aviation sector contributes positively towards environment-friendly measures being initiated in the country.

When an air operator highlighted constraints in importing spare parts engines for aircraft because of State Bank’s Policy, Secretary Aviation/DGCAA assured him of a meeting with SBP officials to resolve the issue. On pointing out a few issues related to flying schools and clubs, Secretary Aviation promised to hold an exclusive meeting for this purpose which now has been scheduled on 16th September 2019 at Islamabad.

Those who attended the meeting from REGULAR PUBLIC TRANSPORT (RPT) OPERATORS were Mustafa Aleem Manager international Affairs PIACL, Mr Raheel Ahmed DMD Corporate Planning of Air Blue, Mr Abdul Wahab Chairman Air Indus, Muhammad Moeed Khan GM Corporate Planning Air Sial, Muhammad Adil General Manager Afeef Zara Airways, Captain Shazad Ashraf Director Flight Operation Serene Air.

Participants from charter operators include Mr Akbar R. Jaffer, CEO, ASSL; Mr Irfan Elahi, Company Rep, Liberty Air; Mr Yasir Rizvi, GM, Hybrid Technics; Air Cdre Manochehr Azad (Retd), CEO M/s Air Eagle; Capt. Aijaz Ali Faizi, Chairman & Chief Executive, M/s Vision Air; Col. (R) Muhammad Tahir Akram, GM Operations, M/s Princely Jets; Taha Ansari, Manager Finance, M/s Princely Jets; Mr. Tariq Majeed Raja, CEO, M/s K2 Airways; Mr. Mian Nabeel Ashraf, MD /CEO, M/s Air Falcon; Capt. Zahir Rasool, Pilot, M/s Pakistan Aviator & Aviation.

From Aerial work, Capt. Rizwan Ahmed Saleem, CMILT (UK), Dir Ops/ Chief Pilot, Chief Minister Helicopter Flight, Government of Sindh; Col Shahzad Malik, Chief Pilot, M/s Agha Khan Foundation ; Col Iftikhar Ahmed, Chief Pilot, M/s Phoenix Aviation; Mr. Naimatullah, Engineering Department, Government of KPK.

From FLYING SCHOOL: Capt. Zahid Rahman Brolla, Honorary Secretary, M/s Rawalpindi Flying Club; Saifoor Ahmed Qureshi, Chief Flying Instructor, M/s Peshawar Flying Club and M/s Lahore Flying Club; Air Tanweer Sheikh, CFI, M/s Karachi Aero Club; Asim Nawaz, CEO, M/s Sky Wings. From AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING / DESIGN COMPANIES: AM Farhat Hussain, Chairman, M/s Scaled Aviation.

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