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LAHORE: The Lahore PIA management cancelled on Saturday an international flight and delayed two others for several hours after pilots refused to assume duty because of their union’s strike.

Officials say the pilots observing strike off and on for the last many days for the acceptance of their demands (raise in salaries, allowances etc) here at Allama Iqbal International Airport, finally refused to assume duty in three international flights-- Lahore to Barcelona, London and Manchester with a clear-cut message to the PIA management to either accept their demands or do whatever it wants.

“Though we succeeded in resolving issues with the pilots by 4pm, the situation forced us to cancel Lahore-Barcelona flight and delay two others. However, Lahore-Manchester flight left at 9:30pm and Lahore-London flight was scheduled for 2:30am (Oct 12),” a senior PIA official requesting anonymity said.

Published in Dawn, October 12th, 2014

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Vaqas Javed Oct 12, 2014 12:37pm

Sir, Pilots of PIA are not asking for any raise in salary or allowances. They are asking for there hard earned money which is not paid to them for the last six months. No one can work without getting paid yet the Pilots of PIA kept on flying under very difficult circumstances without getting paid. Yet I am surprised PIA Pilots are being blamed. We should understand they have needs too they have children going to schools bills to pay a kitchen to run, and yet it is expected that they make ends meet without getting paid. Now these are the facts which need to be told to the public who is suffering due to the delays caused by the protest by the pilots. Regards

M. Siddique Oct 12, 2014 08:24pm

I think from a world class airline PIA headed to oblivion. Sad scenario for national flag carrier.