Pakistan International Airlines remains under the travel restriction that European Union had imposed a while ago. Here's what you need to know.
Let's face it; we are living in the darkest of the times of the current century. More than tens of thousands of people have lost their lives, but the world's economy is still significantly affected. Moreover, the old tourism and air travel environment that once used to be is still sitting on the fence. All the countries around the globe are going the extra mile to make sure that covid-19 doesn't spread anymore, but at some places, the results are not as desired. Unfortunately, our country is experiencing the same currently. That's why European Union Aviation has yet again extended the travel restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines.
Details of the Current Matter!
The EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) has decided that the imposed restriction on PIA will be extended. Moreover, the Agency has also not declared any solid-state period and has directed the PCAA (Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority) that the country needs its safety audit done by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). It's scheduled for near July, and after its success, you'll book your cheap air tickets to Europe.
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The Earlier Restriction!
It's essential to keep in mind that the European Union restricted Pakistan for the first time because of covid-19 in July 2020. The Agency has decided to carry on this restriction, and it was decided on 31st March 2021. At that time, it was announced that the restriction is imposed for an additional three months. But the latest intimation that the Agency sent to Pakistan signifies that it's still not defined that for how long this restriction will continue. The EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) has also mentioned that when the restriction is lifted from Pakistan International Airlines, it will be notified again.
The reasoning of the Restriction Extension!
The reasoning that the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) provided is that all the crew members and engineers that it holds don't hold Pakistan's license. It means that they won't fully mitigate all the possible concerns about the authority's oversight capabilities.
A letter from EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) stated that the restriction would remain the same until the next ICAO audit and its results. Moreover, after that, it will be decided what will be the way forward and whether people will grab their cheap air tickets to Europe freely or not.