On Tuesday, June 30, the European Union (EU) announced that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be banned from flying into or over Europe for six months, due to concerns over pilot licenses. Pakistan's aviation minister announced last week that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated in their pilot exams, causing several countries to suspend PIA flights and Pakistani pilots. PIA has so far grounded 150 pilots accused of cheating. The announcement comes following the crash of a PIA aircraft in Karachi in May, which led to the deaths of 97 people.
Flight disruptions, including cancellations and delays, are to be expected in the near to medium term.
Individuals traveling to Europe via Pakistan should anticipate flight disruptions, including delays and cancellations, and rebook flights with other carriers.
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