PIA Strike: Flights cancelled
KARACHI: At least three flights of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) have been delayed due to protests of its workers while others are on schedule, said a spokesman of the national carrier here on Tuesday.
Various associations of pilots, engineers and other staff are protesting over what they claim an agreement between PIA and Turkish Airlines but denied by the PIA.
DawnNews reported that eight pilots including Sohail Baluch, the chairman Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) were sacked earlier by the PIA authorities for instigating workers to go on strike, which resulted in further infuriation of the workers.
The protesters punctured the wheels of the ground service vehicles at airports, and forced passengers of some flights not to leave the planes.
The PIA spokesman said that the flights disrupted allegedly by the pilots included Islamabad-Bangkok PK-892, Islamabad- Amsterdam PK-737 with a delay of 4 hours departure while another Islamabad-Karachi – PK 301 delayed to about two hours.
“We have not yet signed any agreement with the Turkish Airlines and all allegations are baseless,” said the spokesman.
“Talks are underway with the representatives of various associations of the national carrier to resolve any misunderstanding whatsoever,” he added