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PM’s advisor on aviation dissatisfied over slow pace of work in expansion of Faisalabad airport

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan on Tuesday showed dissatisfaction and consternation over the quality and pace of expansion and renovation at Faisalabad international airport. He directed the authorities concerned to complete the project within stipulated time. "No delay would be tolerated in this regard," he said during his surprise visit while inspecting the progress the airport. Member National Assembly Mian Mannan, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director General Air Marshal…

Saudi to transfer all airports to sovereign fund in privatization drive

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to transfer ownership of all its airports to its main sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, as part of a drive to privatize them, a senior aviation official said on Monday. Companies will be set up for each airport under Saudi Civil Aviation Holding, a spin-off from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), which will continue to regulate the industry, state news agency SPA quoted Mohammed al-Shetwey, aide to GACA's president for financial affairs, as saying. "The process…

PM’s advisor approves formation of committee to curb drug trafficking at airports

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan on Friday approved a Central Operational Committee in order to restrict drugs trafficking and ensure foolproof security at all airports across the country. The committee would be under the supervision of Director General Civil Aviation accompanied by high officials of all concerned departments. It was also decided to seek services of proficient legal experts to ensure efficient prosecution and counter cases of breach at airports. This decision…

Govt striving to uplift standards of PIA: advisor

PESHAWAR: While turning down the speculations regarding the privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Advisor to Prime Minister on aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan said the government is striving to uplift standards of the national airline. Speaking to media during a visit to Bacha Khan International airport, the adviser said that PIA is not only the national airline but has also enjoyed an exemplary and memorable past which paved an ideal path for different international airlines. “It is very…

PIA given show cause notice over violating international law

KARACHI: Saudi Aviation Authority on Saturday sent Pakistan International Airline (PIA) a show cause notice over violating international law regarding aviation maintenance, ARY News reported. The notice was sent when ground generator of Faisalabad-Jeddah PIA flight PK-740 got out of order after reaching at Jeddah airport. The airplane sank into darkness. Increased humidity and suffocation led the passengers to protest against PIA. Cabin crew of PIA deplaned the passengers in light of torches. Saudi Aviation Authority is…