Pakistan Airlines hopes to resume flights to UK in three months

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is likely to resume flights to Britain in the next three months, Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Friday, after services were suspended following a fake pilot scandal.

Rafique told parliament that new legislation this week has removed the final hurdle for Pakistan’s national carrier to fly to the United Kingdom.

He gave no details about the legislation or why it was required to resume the flights. He said the resumption of services to Britain did not include other European destinations.

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“God willing, the PIA flights will resume at least to the UK in three months, and, later, flights to Europe and America will resume,” he said.

PIA flights to Europe and the UK were suspended after the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) revoked the national carrier’s authorisation to fly to the bloc in 2020 following a fake pilot licence scandal in the South Asian nation.

The issue resulted in the grounding of 262 of Pakistan’s 860 pilots, including 141 of PIA’s 434.

PIA spokesman Abdullah H. Khan said the national carrier was looking forward to the resumption of the UK route. “The U.K. and Europe contribute to 37% of our total revenue,” he said.