Reciprocal Policy to be applied for EU carriers to Pakistan

Ijaz Kakakhel

The Senate Standing Committee on Aviation on Thursday took notice of the suspension of flights to key European destinations.

The committee observed that if Pakistani carriers had been restricted from flying to EU states since July 2020 when the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) authorization to operate flights to EU member states and no efforts have been expedited even by the British Government in this regard consequently a reciprocal policy should be adopted and no European carriers should be allowed to Pakistan directly.

The Senate Panel was of the view that it is a deliberate attempt to close carriers to come to EU directly and every passenger is picked up by the gulf airlines. The chairman committee after due deliberation directed to take up the matter with the Foreign Ministry along with the Civil Aviation Authority and discuss the process, the delay and way forward that would lead to lifting of restrictions on Pakistani airlines.

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