PIA debt crosses Rs247b

Aviation Division briefs NA on airline's fiscal health

News Desk December 14, 2018

The debt accumulated by the national carrier has exceeded Rs247 billion, Express News reported on Friday.

The Aviation Division informed the National Assembly during a session and added that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has received Rs198 billion from the government and has an outstanding loan of Rs41 billion based on its assets.

PIA was once considered to be one of the world's top airlines. In recent times, however, due to various reasons the airline has reduced to a lamentable state.

Earlier, PIA had submitted a comprehensive report in a suo motu case regarding irregularities in the department, wherein it is stated that PIA has accumulated losses of Rs356 billion including the loss incurred in 2017.

The report submitted to the SC also read that the national airline lacks the capability to improve its performance given core competency gaps in the whole organisation including the senior executive leadership. Reasons identified include political appointments and extremely poor HR practices while PIA as an organisation operates like an outdated government department rather than a modern business.

The report further identified that unions are also negatively impacting in daily operations by influencing employees to ‘go slow’ when they wish to apply pressure to the management. Recently, they have been carrying out a maligning campaign to thwart efforts to clean up HR practices.



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