The medical board will examine how 21 individuals could fall ill at the same time
ISLAMABAD: As the dispute between Pakistan Airline Pilot Association (Palpa) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is yet to be resolved, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) constituted on Tuesday a medical board to examine the 21 pilots and co-pilots who had applied for a sick leave.
The medical board will examine how these 21 individuals could fall ill at the same time, and immediately after Palpa announced its ‘go slow’ policy that resulted in flight delays inflecting losses to the national flag carrier and causing inconvenience to the passengers.
The pilots have been asked to report to the medical board on three different dates in a manner that will not affect the flights schedule.
Read: Pilots’ strike: PIA rejects PALPA demands
The powerful body of 430 PIA pilots – Palpa– had resorted to what can be technically called a ‘go-slow’ policy to press their demands.
This is at a time when the state-owned carrier is conducting crucial post-hajj operations of bringing back pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, besides running its regular operations.
On October 5, PIA management had rejected demands put forward by the Palpa to end their strike.
“The three demands by Palpa are unacceptable,” a PIA spokesperson said.
The demands include the immediate replacement of director flight operations, withdrawal of show-cause notices and inquiries against pilots (while reinstating all grounded pilots), and for seniority to be determined by the pilots.