Unpaid dues: Saudi aviation authority threatens to stop PIA flights

Published: April 16, 2014
A file photo of a PIA aircraft. PHOTO: FILE

A file photo of a PIA aircraft. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: As a final warning to the Pakistan International Airlines,┬áSaudi General Authority of Civil Aviation sent a notification to PIA regarding non-payment of dues worth millions of rupees, Express News reported on Wednesday.

According to the notification, PIA flights will be stopped from April 17 onwards if the dues were not paid.

Sources said that the dues owed to the Saudi aviation also include 500,000 riyals from year 2005.

PIA has been suffering losses worth billions since many years and its accumulated dues have been on the rise. The national airline had recorded cumulative losses of Rs141 billion from 2002 to 2012.

The PIA had also suffered financial losses to the tune of Rs401 million in Hajj operations 2012.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Mirza
    Apr 16, 2014 - 11:10AM

    Our brotherly country would throw us some more money on unknown conditions. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 16, 2014 - 11:34AM

    And at the moment, PIA doesn’t even have any competition when it comes to direct international flight (except middle east of course) .. this is a perfect example of how not to run an institution.


  • confused
    Apr 16, 2014 - 12:36PM

    Privatization is must but personalization is not!

    No more third highest bidders getting banks (or airlines)


  • bash gul
    Apr 16, 2014 - 1:16PM

    Causing huge losses with tax payers money .is this not high treason?


  • Parvez
    Apr 16, 2014 - 1:47PM

    …and the government will bail out PIA with taxpayers money BUT WILL NOT PRIVATISE IT.


  • American
    Apr 16, 2014 - 2:50PM

    Why not adjust the dues in the $1.5 Billion Gift ?


  • excalibur
    Apr 16, 2014 - 3:19PM

    @ American because $ 1.5 Bn is another Circular Debt to be encashed by cronies and self


  • crazy
    Apr 16, 2014 - 3:27PM

    Yes ,and all the flight will be diverted to Syria to help rebels


  • Dude
    Apr 16, 2014 - 4:23PM

    I suprised that saudi give 1.5 billion dollar, why pakistan pay back some due from that moneyRecommend

  • Riaz Murtaza
    Apr 16, 2014 - 4:34PM

    Pakistan ! Please bring back the PIA of 1968. PIA’s fleet of Trident and Viscounts with excellent cabin service was superb.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 16, 2014 - 5:04PM

    In the end they themselves have to donate for paying our debtsRecommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 16, 2014 - 5:52PM

    Put it on the royal family’s tab.


  • Last Word
    Apr 16, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Good news for PIA pilots and staff who would on paid holidays soon and also for the passengers as they fly at their own risks in these poorly maintained and aged aircrafts…


  • Apr 16, 2014 - 9:24PM

    news indicate that the deal on free gift of 1.5 billion dollar is not going smooth as per donor’s wishes and a veiled warning by KSA .


  • genesis
    Apr 16, 2014 - 11:12PM

    or China which has signed billions of dollars worth agreements but still want guarantees!


  • Jamil M Chaudri
    Apr 17, 2014 - 2:01AM

    From the comments I see that Pakistanis have become a nation of shameless beggars. When I see this shamelessness, I am glad my parents left the country in 1962.
    Wakeup, smell the coffee, and start creating instead of begging. You are getting Islam a bad name.


  • Arindom
    Apr 17, 2014 - 3:02AM

    whats the worry? just adjust against the $1.5 bn ‘gift’ !


  • Al-Bakistan
    Apr 18, 2014 - 8:39AM

    One day it will dawn on the powers-that-be that Pakistan is no longer a self-sustaining, viable nation. In fact the die was cast in 1947 in the first speech of the founder when he said that the West has to take advantage of Pakistan’s unique, strategic location and support the nation. Since then, Pakistan has ONLY been taking advantage of its “unique” geographic location.


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