KARACHI: At least 51 flights of Pakistan International Airline got delayed because of rift between the national carrier and its pilots’ association, Aaj News reported.
Thousands of passengers are stranded at different airports— causing the airline estimated losses of Rs 500 million.
Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) accused the national carrier of asking pilots to fly well after their duty times. In such a situation, they said, plane accidents were possible,
PALPA said the airline was violating international rules which comply airlines not to let pilots fly for more than eight hours. The association said that most pilots were too scared to argue because they were hired on a contract.
PIA denied the charges. In a statement issued on Thursday, PIA blamed the PALPA leadership, for “blackmailing the management to agree to unjust promotions and unjustified benefits for PALPA executives.”
The statement claims “PIA management is constantly engaged with PALPA to amicably resolve the matter at the earliest”.
But in the rift, many pilots have not reported to their duties, causing 13 flights to get delayed on Saturday.