Malaysia to reinstate pilots after Pakistan verifies permits
Monitoring Report
KUALA LUMPUR: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) will reinstate Pakistani pilots with immediate effect, after temporarily suspending in a fake licencing scandal, as soon as authorities in the Islamic Republic authenticate their permits, an official told Arab News on Monday.
“The CAAM has sent two letters requesting verification from PCAA as well as to inform them on the temporary suspension of Pakistani license holders in Malaysia,” Nurilya Anis Rahim, Public Relations Officer, Corporate Communication Unit, CAAM, said in an email response to Arab News.
Anis added that the pilots’ licenses had been put on hold until further information from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA).
“We are currently still waiting for a response from PCAA. Once an official confirmation has been made, we will reinstate these pilots with immediate effect," Anis said.
It follows Pakistan grounding almost 30 percent or a third of its pilots last week, after its Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said that they might have falsified their qualifications.
Pakistan has a total of 860 pilots, 107 of whom work for foreign airlines.
Malaysia followed suit with Captain Chester Voo, Chief Executive Officer, CAAM announcing last week that they would be temporarily suspending 20 Pakistani pilots employed with “local operators”, such as flying schools, flying clubs and training organisations.