Pakistan International Airline (PIA) recently found itself in hot water as the members of Senate’s special committee demonstrate extreme displeasure over the absence of the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) from the meeting.
The Senate’s special committee believe that the officials of the national carrier should prioritize tasks based on their importance and the parliamentary committee should be given more priority over other meetings. Subsequently, the meeting was help in a bid to discuss important issues related to the PIA’s performance and operations.
“I will not let them get away from accountability by parliament,” said Mr Khan, while giving warning to the national carrier that the committee could consider moving privilege motion against them due to “non-serious” attitude of the company’s officials
PIA has been facing continuous backlash from its investors as it failed to offer any positive news to them since the start of this fiscal year. Also, it is recently reported that the Secretary of Aviation Division, Muhammad Irfan Elahi, said that the national carrier owed PKR 40 billion to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
After seeing the non-serious attitude of the company’s officials, the members of the Senate’s special committee decided to form a sub-committee in order to supervise the operational and administrative issues of the airline. Adding to that, Senator Muzafar Hussain Shah will be heading the sub-committee and will have Senators Abdul Qayyum and Farhatullah Babar as members.
Nevertheless, the representatives of the airline told the committee that even though the airline is facing continuous losses, but it is now experiencing increase percentage (37%) of passengers. In addition, the company also increased the capacity of its fleet by 17% and the number of aircrafts is now 38. Interestingly, the committee also asked the airline to examine whether 19,000 employees working for an airline with only 38 aircrafts is a feasible option.