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Inability of PIA Flight Service, hundreds of Stewards and Air Hostesses missing from Blue Card

Inability of PIA Flight Service, hundreds of Stewards and Air Hostesses missing from Blue Card
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LAHORE (Mansoor Bukhari/UNN) A number of Air Crew of PIA Flight Service is facing unavailability of Civil Aviation Cards.  In order to renew Blue Cards, PIA Officials in January 2017 informed Air Crew of all the center of flight service, after that Air Crew had all the documents TCS to GM Flight Service.  But still, a number of Air Crew didn’t get Blue Cards on which they contacted PIA Higher Officials at Karachi Head Office.  DGM Flight Service Karachi, Abdul Wahid told that Blue Cards had been sent to Civil Aviation Authority Officials and would soon be found. In the meanwhile, it is revealed to Air Crew Staff that many people’s papers have been concealed by Karachi Flight Service’s officials and it has been said from the higher officials to submit papers again, on which, Air Crew Staff again sent the complete documents to Karachi Office. But, still some Air Crew get cards, on the other side, In Charge of Lahore Base, Najma Qureshi, said that Air Crew of PIA’s Air Base across the country still not get cards and the responsibility of this negligence is on GM Flight Service Yaqoob Naeem and Higher Officials of PIA. Due to non-availability of cards Air Crew suffer a lot during the International Flight.  Time and again, letters were written to PIA’s higher officials regarding this but didn’t get any answer. GM yaqoob Naeem and Muhammad Ali Aftab, Director Flight Service do not attend phone calls. President of People’s Unity Lahore, Sajid Gujjar, said that Civil Aviation Authority issue Blue Card to Air Crew Staff, which is a very important document and having special importance for any Stewards and Air Hostesses during flight. We have repeatedly get the attention of the top officials of the PIA toward this but they do not listen anything. Recently, GM Flight Service, Yaqoob Naeem, issued notice to all base in charges of Pakistan, that by August 31, 2018, any Air Crew who do not have Blue Card will not be able to fly.  We told GM that if he took such an action then including PIA schedule flights Hajj flights would be badly affected, and PIA will have to face a huge loss.   While, flight service officials responsible to get the cards issued, he should immediately release Blue Cards to Air Crew having fulfilled their responsibility.  DGM of PIA, Abdul Wahid, told that it is our utmost effort to issue Blue Cards to Air Crew as soon as possible. Actually, yesterday it has been decided between PIA and Civil Aviation Officials that until September 30, 2018 all Air Crew’s Cards will be completed, while, for the time being, those Air Crew, who do not have cards, have been given respite until 15th September.  While, in the past during flight, another card which is named as Yellow Card now PIA is going to introduce white card instead of yellow card in all centers and its delivery time is one week. On the other hand, Licensing Officer of Civil Aviation Authority, Khalid Mahmood said that we do not get the complete forms from flight service due to which are unable to issue cards on time.

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