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PIA initiates action against ‘facilitators’ of crew members deployed abroad

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has decided to launch action against facilitators of crew members deployed abroad in contravention of stipulated rules, ARY News reported.

Sources told ARY News that PIA authorities would take action against officers involved in deputing certain crew members abroad on ‘special recommendations’.

The action, initiated by Department of Flight Services, will also be taken against officials who reportedly depute airhostesses and other crew members involved in smuggling, sources informed.

Read: PIA approves new policy for cabin crew

They said cases were discovered in which some crew members with expired visa were sent abroad through general declaration.

The airline has decided to keep strict check on staff movement and examination their documents.

The latest action is being taken in view of arrest of Steward Imran Mehsood who was sent to UK illegally and was arrested by the UK authorities.

Last month, the Pakistan International Airline had approved a new policy for ground jobs of cabin crew. PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik had given approval for the new policy. The policy would be applicable for permanent and contractual employees, read the notification issued in this regard.

Application could only be submitted for ground service on completion of 10 years of service.

The airline management would itself decide to appoint cabin crew in any department. Following approval of the management for ground job, the employee would not be allowed for flight service.

“Employees will be bound to perform the duty and shift assigned to them on ground service,” said the notification.

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