Left Menu
Development News Edition

UAE seeks to verify credentials of Pakistani pilots in its airlines

A total of 262 of the country's 860 pilots were affected, including 141 of national carrier Pakistan International Airline's (PIA) pilots. The Director General of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi requested the verification of the credentials of Pakistani pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, and flight operations officers working in the Middle Eastern country in a June 29 letter reviewed by Reuters to the Director General of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Hassan Nasir Jamy.

Reuters | Abu Dhabi | Updated: 01-07-2020 14:56 IST | Created: 01-07-2020 14:38 IST
UAE seeks to verify credentials of Pakistani pilots in its airlines
Representative Image Image Credit: Pixabay

The United Arab Emirates is seeking to verify the credentials of the Pakistani pilots and engineers employed in its airlines after the South Asian government grounded 262 pilots for holding "dubious" qualifications.

Pakistan grounded the pilots on June 26 on suspicion that they allegedly falsified their examinations to qualify for flying aircraft, leading to them having licensed the country's aviation minister termed "dubious. A total of 262 of the country's 860 pilots were affected, including 141 of national carrier Pakistan International Airline's (PIA) pilots.

The Director-General of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi requested the verification of the credentials of Pakistani pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, and flight operations officers working in the Middle Eastern country in a June 29 letter reviewed by Reuters to the Director-General of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Hassan Nasir Jamy. "We would like to request your good offices to verify the licensing credentials of the attached pilot's list who are currently holding UAE's pilot's licenses based on licenses and qualifications issued by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority," the letter said.

Pakistan's aviation ministry did not respond to a request for comment. The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday suspended PIA's authorization to fly to the bloc for six months because of the licensing concerns.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA), the union for PIA's pilots, alleges the announcement of the "dubious" license holders was a planned government move against the pilots to cut their headcount. "The malicious efforts of some at the helm of affairs with a mindset to cut the pilots down to size has resulted in PIA being reduced to an airline on paper," the union said.

The PALPA rejected the government's list of pilots with licenses deemed dubious and pointed out that it was full of discrepancies, demanding a judicial investigation.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

COVID-19: Weighing up the benefits and limitations of edtech platforms

Edtech companies shouldnt focus on merely pushing contents, but to provide an interactive, effective teaching and learning environment. ...

Shipping industry's COVID-19 resilience test could boost digitalization

The push towards digitalization in shipping industry was already happening and has been further accelerated by the pandemic as current practices are not tenable under present circumstances and would definitely not be in the future....

Health is pure science but why objectivity eludes WHO

We certainly need a global body to coordinate responses against health emergencies. However, this sheer need of humanity on this planet should not be milked by the World Organization WHO to overshadow constructive criticism and call for ref...

Videos

Latest News

Two elephants found dead in Coimbatore, one in Niligiris

Two elephants were found dead in this district and another in nearby Nilgiris on Thursday and autopsies are on to ascertain the cause of death, forest department officials said. A 25-year-old female elephant was found dead, bleeding from th...

British judge denies Venezuela access to gold in bank vault

A British judge has refused to give Venezuela control of over USD 1 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault, ruling that it is unlawful to give it to the President Nicols Maduro since Britain does not recognize him as the preside...

UP CM has turned a blind eye to ground realities of COVID crisis: Priyanka

Hitting out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said mismanagement of the COVID crisis is being regularly reported from the state, but Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has turned a blind e...

Portugal agrees in principle to take controlling stake in TAP airline, sources say

Portugals government and private shareholders in ailing flag carrier TAP are close to sealing a deal that would give the state a controlling stake while avoiding a full-scale nationalization, two sources with knowledge of the talks said.The...

Give Feedback