RAWALPINDI: In an effort to restart Pakistan International Airlines’ flights to Europe and the United States, three teams of PIA and CAA will visit Brussels from Sept 11 to Sept 13.

The director general of Civil Aviation Authority, Khaqan Murtaza and deputy director general Nadir Shafi Dar would lead the first team, federal Minister for Aviation Saad Rafique was informed during a briefing by the PIA management.

The PIA was restricted from flying to EU countries in July 2020 after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspended the national flag carrier’s authorisation to operate flights to EU member states.

A PIA spokesman said that another team comprising officials of PIA and the ministry of aviation would leave for the US in early September to discuss their aviation security, safety and operational issues. Also, a third team will go to the UK to secure London Heathrow airport’s slots and return after completing work on the issue.

Published in Dawn, August 29th, 2022

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