Fake PIA Pilot Apprehended at Lahore Airport

Fake PIA Pilot Apprehended at Lahore Airport

A person posing as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot was detained by the Airport Security Force (ASF) at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday.

Reportedly, the individual, identified as Ahmed, tried to enter the international departure lounge using a counterfeit PIA pilot identification card, as stated by the ASF spokesperson.

The imposter was promptly handed over to the Airport Police for further legal proceedings. A case has been registered against Ahmed, and an investigation into the matter is underway.

This incident comes in the wake of the pilots’ license scandal, which led to a ban on all Pakistani airlines by the European Aviation Agency in July 2020. Pakistani authorities anticipate the ban’s removal in the near future following recent discussions.

The Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced plans to resume operations in Europe, with two weekly flights to Paris scheduled for June and July. “All necessary pre-operation formalities have been completed; we are now awaiting final clearance. Once received, we will commence operations,” he stated.