The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has issued its 2020 report, which indicated that Pakistan has made it to the list of nations that have earned a 75 percent score in the aviation safety area.
The list includes 46 nations that have adopted international safety standards in their aviation industries.
The ICAO study evaluates safety standards based on aviation laws, employee training, licensing aircraft operations, accident investigations, and navigation assistance.
Following a series of accidents, Pakistani airlines, particularly Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has been under intense scrutiny from international organizations. International groups urged that Pakistan do safety checks. As a result of the investigation, PIA flights to the European Union and the United Kingdom were prohibited, while the United States reduced its category.
Another important cause for the examination was a remark made by Ghulam Sarwar, the Minister of Aviation, in late June 2020. During a parliament session, Sarwar revealed that 30 percent of Pakistan’s pilots, out of 860, were operating under false licenses.
One month after an aircraft disaster in Karachi on May 22, which killed 98 people, the minister released a report on the subject.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) in July of this year, allowing it to resume flights to the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, the national airline is still waiting for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to complete its examination by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The ICAO study, on the other hand, indicated that aviation accidents increased by 16% in 2019 compared to 2018. The proportion of mishaps in one million flights was 2.9 percent, according to the report.