ISLAMABAD:(APS) December 5,2016-Senate special committee on the performance of PIA in its meeting expressed extreme displeasure over absence of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIA who are out of country despite having intimation of the committee schedule. The committee observed that chairman and CEO should be able to prioritize things according to their importance and that the parliamentary committees are to be given priority over other meetings. The meeting was to discuss serious issues pertaining to the national carrier’s performance and operations including revenue target of 21%, impacts of the premier service, defaults in payments to civil aviation and PSO and renovation/upgradation of fleet of PIA.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahidullah Khan here at the Parliament House on Monday. Seeing the non-seriousness of the senior PIA administration and who breached the privilege of the committee a number of times, the members of the committee agreed on formation of a sub-committee to see specifically the administrative and operational issues of PIA. The sub-committee will be headed by Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah and will have Senators Farhatullah Babar and Abdul Qayyum as members.
The committee during different briefings by PIA directors (who were present in the meeting) was told that PIA has outstanding payments to PSO and civil aviation for many years which occasionally lead to delays in flights and other hurdles. The committee directed PIA to finalize an agreement with both as to how these defaults will be paid and in what time frame and also to prepare a revival plan for the company whose loss amounted to 14 Arab rupees last year. The committee also asked PIA to focus on the core business of the company which is to fly people across the country and to other countries. A third party evaluation based on value-chain analysis was suggested by the committee to enhance the operations quality and generate revenue.
The representatives from PIA told the committee although the company is going in losses but there is now a trend of increased percentage (37%) of passengers. PIA has also increased capacity of aircrafts by 17% and the number of aircrafts is now 38. The committee also asked PIA to see if the 19,000 people working for n airline having 38 aircrafts is a viable option.
The committee sought a detailed report along with all documents containing approvals and correspondence of the tender process of the obsolete 310 aircrafts of PIA. The committee sought details as to who approved sending the aircraft to Malta for exhibition and permitting its use in a film shoot which might have political and religious implications.
The committee was also briefed about the steps being taken at PIA to improve the crew, their trainings, workshops, upgradation of the seats and other facilities in the aircrafts, the terms and conditions of the wet lease with Sri Lanka. Members expressed concerns regarding people working at senior positions in PIA having no experience of administrative and human resource management.
The meeting was attended among others by Senators Nauman Wazir, Farhatullah Babar, Muzaffar Hussain, Kamil Ali Agha, Senator Usman Kakar, Senator Saeed Ghani, Secretary civial aviation, secretary privatization commission and directors of PIA.