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Extensive backchannel work underway to get EASA TCO authorisation

CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan at Islamabad on 10th July, 2020

The government of Pakistan is working with different governments and agencies to get the ban on PIA flights to Europe lifted. After the EASA ban, Pakistan International Airlines had to stop its flights to its European destinations. Ambassador of Pakistan in Germany Dr. Mohammad Faisal had a meeting with the EASA⁩ senior management team at EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The EASA team was led by Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA.

The meeting was about restrictions on Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and PIA. Dr. Faisal tweeted that there would be a detailed online technical meeting between CAA/PIA & EU/EASA. He also said that this whole process is “part of a series of interactions between CAA/PIA & EASA to address the relevant issues”. He also wrote that restarting PIA flights to Europe, as early as possible, remains a high priority.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday had a meeting with Chief Executive Officer of PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik. The meeting handout had typical old statements about the so-called restructuring plans of PIA, that has been discussed in half a dozen meeting in past two years. But apparently the prime minister wants to see a framework in a week’s time. PM also the PIA CEO to undertake the restructuring in consultation with his Advisor on Institutional Reforms Dr. Ishrat Hussain.


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