IATA team arriving in Pakistan on Sept 5 for safety audit of PIA. A team of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be arriving in Pakistan on September 5 to conduct a safety audit of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
The IATA team will assess the operational management and control systems of the national flag carrier during its stay in the country from September 7 to 12 and will also visit Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan and Islamabad airports for the purpose.
The audit is aimed at assessing the airline’s aircraft and safety standards.
It is noteworthy that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had in June suspended the Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flight operations to and from Europe over safety concerns.
On Sept 1, a PIA spokesperson said that the national flag carrier has prepared its appeal against the decision in light of the EASA Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme and will file at an appropriate time. The IATA team will come in Pakistan.
Following the closure of Pakistan International Airlines flights to Europe, the PIA administration also decided to call back its employees deputed in Europe.
Global air passenger traffic was 79.8 per cent less in July this year compared to the corresponding period a year ago, airlines body IATA said.
Passenger traffic is measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs, which is calculated by multiplying the number of passengers in a flight to the distance travelled by the flight.
The crisis in demand continued with little respite in July. With essentially four in five air travelers staying home, the industry remains largely paralyzed,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
The IATA represents some 290 airlines comprising 82 per cent of global air traffic.
Scheduled domestic passenger flights resumed in India on May 25 this year after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, airlines are allowed to operate only up to 45 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights. The IATA team will come in Pakistan.