CAA chief unlikely to attend Faisalabad airport ceremony as fear of protest looms

CAA project directors warn they will not be able to intervene in case of a protest by the staff


News Desk January 17, 2018
DG Pakistan Civil Aviation Air Marshal (retd) Asim Suleiman. PHOTO: TWITTER/@zainasghar98

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director General Asim Sulaiman will reportedly not attend the ceremony to inaugurate the extended area of Faisalabad International Airport.

Sulaiman, with this decision, plans to avoid reaction of the staff and the officers who have been demanding his resignation.

Earlier, project directors of Peshawar, Quetta, Islamabad, and Faisalabad airports wrote to the CAA aviation adviser, warning that they will not be able to intervene should such a development takes place.

CAA officers suspend office activities

The extended airport is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on January 20.

On January 15, officers and staff of the CAA suspended their office activities and staged a protest for many hours at Terminal-1 against the possible arrival of the authority’s chief at its head office.

The protesters wore black arm bands and attempted to block the possible entry of the DG into the authorities headquarters. They even locked the backdoor of the building leading to the runway apart from locking the doors of the parking area.

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