PIA asks crew members to pay or vacate hotel

Published: February 6, 2016
PIA asked the crew members staying at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore to check out of the hotel by 12 noon on Saturday. PHOTO: facebook.com/PC.Lahore

PIA asked the crew members staying at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore to check out of the hotel by 12 noon on Saturday. PHOTO: facebook.com/PC.Lahore

LAHORE: The crisis hit Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) apparently asked its cabin crew members staying at a private hotel in Lahore to either vacate their rooms or pay for the stay on their own.

A letter issued by the PIA asked the crew members staying at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore to check out of the hotel by 12 noon on Saturday. A copy of the letter is available with The Express Tribune.

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According to the letter, the directions were issued as per the instructions of PIA Flight Services General Manager Yaqoob Naeem and directed the crew members to get in touch with PIA Lahore Base Incharge Zia Akhtar for any assistance.

However, while talking to the scribe Akhtar denied that any such letter was issued. Around 60 crew members have been staying at the hotel and the airlines was paying for their stay, said Akhter adding that some of them had checked out on their own.

A receptionist at the PC Lahore confirmed that cabin crew members were staying at the hotel but refused to comment when asked if PIA had been paying for their stay. He also refused to comment on the letter issued by the PIA.

16 PIA flights cancelled on Friday

In an email exchange, available with The Express Tribune, from earlier in the day, PIA Lahore asked the hotel management to extend the stay of all PIA cabin crew till further intimation.

The PIA operations have been suspended for past five days as its workers are protesting against the proposed privatisation of the national flag carrier.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 6, 2016 - 11:15PM

    Don’t these people have homes to go to ?? Even when not working or paying, it appears PIA staff have commandeered the PC in Lahore and Marriott in Karachi as their personal retreats.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Feb 6, 2016 - 11:29PM

    enough is enough. deal these corrupt people by iron hand as we have no more tax money to be distributed among corrupts.Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2016 - 7:55AM

    Just stop PIA permanently. Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Feb 7, 2016 - 3:39PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    This is the fear PTI corrupt staff have in their minds. This luxury will not be possible when airline will be run by private sector.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Feb 7, 2016 - 3:44PM

    These striking politically appointed employees are the sole reason why PIA is incurring losses worth billions of rupees which is having seriously adverse affect on economy as government has to bail PIA out by paying billions to its creditors to keep it afloat. Had these employees been productive,doing their jobs properly and making PIA a profitable entity instead of acting like leeches and sucking blood out of it then things would have been totally different. So closing down PIA or handing it over to someone who is willing to put his hand into this beehive in order to restructure it is the only solution. Naturally these stinging leeches will resist any such move for obvious reason. Recommend

  • Bunty
    Feb 7, 2016 - 4:40PM

    Did any ody read the letter? So many spelling mistakes! Wow they can’t even write a correctly worded letter…Recommend

  • Logitech
    Feb 7, 2016 - 4:41PM

    These crew members are not natives of Lahore and they happen to be in that city because flights going back to their cities of residence were cancelled. Where else are they supposed to go? On the streets? Recommend

  • citizen26
    Feb 7, 2016 - 5:28PM

    Airline is making hefty losses and crew still gets to stay in five Star hotels. All on tax payers money.Recommend

  • Altaf Cheema
    Feb 7, 2016 - 7:28PM

    PIA must be privatised. There is no other solution. Nawaz Sharif is doing right.Recommend

  • Professional
    Feb 8, 2016 - 12:07AM

    60 crew members? and it’s around PKR 15,000 per night at PC? so lets calculate…. PKR 900,000 per day for just one hotel in Pakistan! now it multiplies like 4 hotels in Pakistan by 60 crew member per day by PKR 15,000 comes to PKR 3.6 million per day and PKR 1.2 billion per annum! WowRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 8, 2016 - 5:17AM

    You’re right; Pakistan is the size of Russia or China and there are no other modes of travel !!? Come on !Recommend

  • Xman
    Feb 8, 2016 - 7:30AM

    The whole nation from top to bottom is full of corrupt people and conmen, so how can PIA be any different? By the way, PIA privatisation will not solve any problems. Politicians will take a nice cut, and would be their way. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 8, 2016 - 8:26AM

    @Logitech: Well, why a top tier hotel under such circumstances ? There are quite a few other places in Lahore and other cities where more economical accommodation could be sought.Recommend

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