Pakistan’s PIA suspended in Europe over fake pilot licence scandal

Regulators have barred Pakistan International Airlines from the
European Union for six months after the state-run carrier grounded
nearly a third of its pilots for holding fake or dubious licences,
officials said Tuesday.

The EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) told
PIA “it is still not sure” if all the remaining pilots are properly
qualified, and “they have lost their confidence” in the airline, PIA
spokesman Abdullah Khan told AFP.

The suspension is the latest
fallout for PIA after Pakistan’s aviation minister told parliament last
week that a government review had found 262 of the country’s 860 active
pilots hold fake licenses or cheated on exams.