Lahore Air Port gets state of the art cutting edge technology
A significant development regarding the initiation of flights from Pakistan to the United Kingdom and European Union countries has recently come to light. Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport has witnessed the installation of a cutting-edge screening system, a noteworthy step. This milestone achievement has been made possible through collaborative efforts between Pakistan and the United Kingdom governments.
In the previous month, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) successfully passed an initial audit conducted by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This achievement marked a significant stride towards the resumption of flights to the United Kingdom. Following this, the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is scheduled to conduct a comprehensive physical audit of PIA later this month in September.
The outcome of this audit holds the key to the final approval for PIA to operate flights to the UK, potentially opening doors for flights from Pakistan to the United States and Canada as well.
The backdrop to this development is the suspension of a considerable portion of PIA's international route network back in June 2020. This suspension was prompted by the fake pilot license scandal that engulfed the airline, resulting in the suspension of 262 pilots, including 141 from PIA. The current progress signifies a significant step towards restoring PIA's global connectivity and reputation.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that approximately a month ago, then Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique had expressed optimism regarding the resumption of PIA's flights to Britain within the next three months.
He emphasized that recent legislative changes had removed the last obstacle obstructing the national flag carrier from resuming flights to the United Kingdom. However, he clarified that this resumption would not encompass flights to other European destinations, highlighting the specific focus on the UK market.
In conclusion, the installation of a state-of-the-art screening system at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport and the successful progress in audits signal a promising future for Pakistan International Airlines, potentially leading to the resumption of flights to the United Kingdom and beyond, while addressing the challenges posed by the fake pilot license scandal