PIA barred from entering US airspace over fake licenses issue

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been barred from entering US airspace by United States authorities over fake license issue.

The United States Department of Transportation has revoked PIA’s permit to conduct flight operations within US airspace citing security concerns over fake licenses issue.

“The PIA will not be able to operate its flights to the United States,” read the statement issued by US authorities.

“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,” it added.

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According to PIA officials, the airline will proactively address US authorities’ concerns seeking the approval to resume its flight operations.

The development comes as earlier European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspended the national carrier’s permit for six months following the ‘fake licenses’ scam that has gripped the national aviation industry.