Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over license considerations | Asia Information
Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over license considerations
Monday, June 29, 2020, 14:21
On this file picture, a VietJet Air airplane prepares to take off on Hanoi’s Noi Bai Worldwide airport on February 18, 2016. (HOANG DINH NAM / Newpaper24)
HANOI – Vietnam’s aviation authority mentioned on Monday it had grounded all Pakistani pilots working for native airways, amid concern from international regulators that some pilots could have been utilizing “doubtful” licenses.
Vietnam had licensed 27 Pakistani pilots, and 12 of them have been nonetheless lively, whereas the opposite 15 pilots’ contracts had expired or have been inactive as a result of coronavirus pandemic, in keeping with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam
Pakistan mentioned final week it should floor 262 airline pilots whose credentials could have been falsified, after international airways physique IATA mentioned that irregularities present in pilot licenses at Pakistan Worldwide Airways characterize a “severe lapse” in security controls.
“The pinnacle of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airways,” the CAAV mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
The suspension will likely be in impact till additional discover from CAAV, it mentioned, including that the authority is coordinating with Pakistani authorities to evaluation the pilots’ profiles.
Vietnam had licensed 27 Pakistani pilots, and 12 of them have been nonetheless lively, whereas the opposite 15 pilots’ contracts had expired or have been inactive as a result of coronavirus pandemic, in keeping with the CAAV.
Of the 12 lively pilots, 11 have been working for price range airways Vietjet Aviation and one for Jetstar Pacific, a unit of the nationwide flag service Vietnam Airways.
In an announcement, VietJet mentioned it had stopped assigning work to its Pakistani pilots as quickly as information of the licence problem emerged and no pilots with Pakistan-issued licences have been at the moment flying for the airline.
Vietnam Airways and Bamboo Airways weren’t utilizing any pilots from Pakistan, the CAAV mentioned.
Vietnamese airways at the moment have 1,260 pilots, with practically half of them holding overseas citizenship, in keeping with the CAAV.