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Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots on accounts of dubious licences

HANOI: After concerns of pilots using ‘dubious’ licences the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has grounded all Pakistani pilots working in the country

Last week Pakistan Airlines had said that 262 airline pilots with dubious licences will be grounded. This came after global airlines body IATA pointed the irregularities found in pilot licenses at Pakistan Airlines. “The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines,” the CAAV said in a statement on Monday. The suspension will be in effect until further notice from CAAV. Vietnami officials will coordinate with Pakistani authorities to review the pilots’ profiles.

Vietnam had licensed 27 Pakistani pilots, and 12 of them were still active. Other 15 pilots licence was inactive due to COVID-19 situation.

Of the 12 active pilots, 11 were working for budget airlines Vietjet Aviation and one for Jetstar Pacific. According to the CAAV, Vietnamese airlines employ 1260 pilots and nearly half of them hold foreign citizen ship.