US revokes permission for PIA to operate special direct flights

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The United States transport authority has revoked the permission granted to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate a number of special direct flights to the US, a spokesperson for the airline said on Thursday, as the fallout from the revelation of Pakistani pilots’ alleged dubious licences continues.

The authorisation was revoked “due to recent events identified by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority that are of serious concern to aviation safety, specifically matters pertaining to the proper certification of certain Pakistani pilots”, according to an email sent to PIA officials by a US-based law firm, seen by Dawn.com.

PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan confirmed that the airline had been notified of the permission being withdrawn via email.