PIA Privatization is in The Final Stages

July 10, 2024Zayn0

The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIA) is nearly finished with its privatization, according to information provided to the Standing Committee on Aviation.  Under the direction of Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmed Khan Babar, MNA, the Standing Committee on Aviation convened its second meeting at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Monday.

Oversight and Financial Challenges for the Civil Aviation Authority

The Committee was advised that PIAC’s privatization process is nearly finished. Presently, the CAA oversees 22 of the 43 airports, including 13 foreign ones, and has been dealing with financial difficulties related to development for several years. Because of this, industrialized nations use the newest third-generation equipment, while the CAA uses second-generation equipment.

Improving Customer Experience

To improve the entire travel experience, the Committee also stressed the need to improve the standard of food service and the conduct of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) employees toward customers.

Radar and Weather Monitoring Upgrades

The Committee was also informed that Quetta, Dera Ismail Khan, Cherat, Gwadar, and Lahore will be receiving five additional radar installations from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

In addition, 300 automatic weather stations and three mobile radars were set up as part of the World Bank-funded Hydromet Project. The Committee was also told that Pakistan Disaster Management (PDM) is working on a Kisan Mobile application that will deliver early weather forecasts and flood warnings to state departments and farmers.

Concerns Raised 

The Committee also voiced worries about the fissures in the Allama Iqbal International Airport’s aircraft parking area in Lahore. The CAA responded by acknowledging the problem and stating that the work has been awarded and is presently in progress. The Committee also expressed concerns regarding pilot licenses and the hiring of aeromedical personnel, and it was suggested that the pertinent authorities provide a thorough report on these issues.

Attendance and Participation

Aqeel Malik, Dr Darshan, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Ramesh Lal, Abdul Aleem Khan, Munaza Hassan, Saleem Rehman, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhry, Ihsan Ullah Virk, Muhammad Saad Ullah, and Usman Ali were among the MNAs present at the meeting in addition to Ministry administrators.

Conclusion

Privatization of PIA almost complete: Standing Committee informed about financial difficulties of CAA, improvement in customer services, and the improvement made in weather monitoring

 

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