In a worst, PIA Planes stopped and held at foreign Airports over non payment

In a worst, PIA Planes stopped and held at foreign Airports over non payment

The operational efficiency of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has been significantly impacted by a shortage of aircraft. This predicament has been exacerbated by a series of financial challenges that have plagued the airline, leaving it struggling to maintain its flight operations. Recent developments shed light on the dire situation PIA finds itself in.

Reports indicate that one PIA aircraft found itself in a predicament at Damam airport, while four others were held at Dubai airport due to unresolved fuel payment issues. These aircraft were eventually allowed to continue their operations only after PIA provided a written assurance to settle its dues. Furthermore, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) took a stern measure by suspending its services to PIA, a decision that was later reversed after the airline made a substantial payment of $3.5 million.

Earlier today, PIA had to cancel numerous flights due to a shortage of funds. This disruption affected several domestic routes to and from Karachi, as the airline struggled to meet its fuel supply payments to Pakistan State Oil (PSO). The canceled flights included routes such as Karachi-Muscat and various domestic connections between Karachi, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Lahore, and others.

As the financial crisis continues to intensify, PIA faces the looming threat of grounding even more of its planes. If the airline fails to make necessary payments within the next two days, an additional 15 aircraft may be taken out of operation.

This development could have a significant adverse impact on PIA's flight operations, potentially affecting over 30 planes. Despite the urgency of the situation, the caretaker government has thus far declined to release the much-needed funds, further complicating the airline's precarious financial situation