Pakistan is confident about reinstating direct flights to Europe, especially the United Kingdom (UK) since their aviation audit teams are due to visit Pakistan shortly this year.
In order to conduct an audit of safety management systems, flight data monitoring, and aircraft, the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), a safety agency, will send a delegation to Pakistan in October of this year, according to ARY News.
This audit would involve both Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The management is prepared to accommodate the DfT’s visit to Pakistan, according to the PIA spokeswoman, who was speaking about the development.
Following the visits from DfT and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Pakistan is anticipated to resume direct flights to the UK and other European nations, according to the spokesperson.
For over three years, PIA has been banned from running direct flights to these areas. Through a partnership with Turkish Airlines in the UK, the airline was still able to operate indirect flights and continue to earn about £14 million annually.
The airline faced criticism for hiring people in the UK on exorbitant wages. Regarding this, PIA’s spokeswoman argued that the airline only invests 1.8% of its profits in the UK workforce.