PIA-PALPA deadlock enters 4th day, 6 more flights canceled

ISLAMABAD - The squabble between Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) continued on fourth day as six more flights have been canceled while two were delayed.

The four-day long strike has cost the national airlines millions of rupees. Special Assistant on Aviation Shujaat Azeem has summoned both PIA and PALPA representatives in light of the ongoing unresolved issues here on Sunady. All six which have been canceled were inter-country flights from Karachi. Sources said that the flights were supposed to depart for Skardu, Islamabad Multan and Lahore.

On the other hand, a flight which was supposed to take off for Peshawar from Karachi, PK-350, from Karachi to Skardu and Faisalabad to Karachi were also delayed. Earlier, PIA Chairman Nasir Jaffar had appealed to PALPA to end strike. He said that their disagreements should not make passengers distressed as door for negotiations are always open. While talking to a private news channel, he said that PALPA is a welfare organisation for the pilots which indulging itself into administrative matters of the airline, the pilots are bound to law for performing their duties.

Nasir said that current crisis is causing trouble to passengers in domestic as well as the Hajj operation. He said that the PALPA president is misleading the public. He said that he had floated the idea of negotiations. He apologised for the inconvenience that public has to faced. It is pertinent to mention here that ongoing dispute between PIA and PALPA has led to cancellation of as many as 42 flights till Sunday, causing immense problems for the passengers.

The clash arose when Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revoked licenses of two pilots. The act prompted PALPA to announce non-cooperation with the administration. The PALPA office bearers were reached Islamabad through flight PK-368 and the dialogue between PALPA and PIA has been started in PIA Headquarters Islamabad.

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