KARACHI – The financially troubled national flag career has finally received a news about the approval of cargo services to the European Union which was suspended over security fears.
“It is a very big achievement for us now that EU experts have audited our security installations and validated our safety and security standards,“ Captain Salman Azhar, PIA’s director for safety and quality insurance, told AFP.
PIA acquired the validation of safety and security standards for Lahore airport in September and now Karachi and Islamabad airports have also been granted the EU clearance.
The EU tightened security controls on air freight in the wake of a plot to smuggle a bomb hidden in printer toner cartridges on a plane from Yemen in 2010.
New regulations came into force in July this year and in September when the EU suspended PIA’s right to fly cargo into the bloc over non-compliance. The airline got clearance from the EU after installing dual view x-ray machines and explosive trace detectors to thoroughly scan goods and parcels booked on its flights.