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Why is PIA upset over Virgin Atlantic coming to Pakistan?

Why is PIA upset over Virgin Atlantic coming to Pakistan?


What happened:

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) termed the CAA’s decision to allow Virgin Atlantic to operate flights from Pakistan as a grave injustice to them.

According to sources within PIA, the national airline has been facing serious financial trouble owing to the ban imposed by the European Air Safety Agency (EASA). The administration of PIA is of the view that the CAA permitting the British airline to fly from Pakistan will only exacerbate the national carrier’s financial woes.

Air Marshal Arshad Malik the CEO of PIA , will discuss this issue with Prime Minister Imran Khan in a high-level meeting scheduled to be held next week. Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar, and Director General CAA along with other senior officials are expected to attend the meeting as well.

The premier will be appraised, by Air Marshal Arshad Malik, of the concerns of PIA regarding CAA’s decision to permit the European airline to operate in Pakistan, especially at a time when the national carrier is facing the EASA’s ban.

CEO Malik will also brief Prime Minister Imran Khan about the PIA’s performance this year and the financial challenges resulting from EASA’s travel restrictions. Virgin Atlantic was allowed to operate regular flights from Pakistan last week.

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