16 Jan Hajj charter flights land Pakistan airline with unpaid bill from Myanmar

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Pakistan International Airlines says the Myanmar airspace bill applies to charter flights it ran to Saudi Arabia for the Haj in 2012. A PIA Airbus A310 airplane at Frankfurt airport, Germany, July 26, 2013. Photo: Mauritz Antin/EPA

Pakistan International Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier airline, has been issued a threat by the Myanmar Aviation Authority to block it from using Myanmar airspace over its non-payment of 52,000 euros, (US$ 60,500/K60.5millon) according to the Business Recorder on January 16.

The Pakistan business magazine said that according to sources, the Ministry of Transport Department of Civil Aviation Yangon, Myanmar, in a notice asked PIA to settle all "pending dues" and if the airline was unable to pay, they would suspend all PIA's operations through its airspace, which may disturb all its scheduled flights to Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Sources said that MAA's payments were pending since 2012 when PIA flew over Myanmar's airspace in the months of April, May, June and July.

A spokesperson for PIA said the airline had received a notice of non-payment of 52,000 euros related to MAA payment due for the 2012 Haj season when PIA carried out charter operations for passengers from Afghanistan and Myanmar.

However, he said Myanmar airspace was not used for their normal scheduled flights, only during these particular charter flight operations.

The spokesperson explained that earlier PIA had a designated post for charter flights but this was removed a few years ago, hence the payments left unpaid since 2012.

He said he hoped the matter would be settled shortly and the 52,000 euros charge did not create a financial constraint for PIA.

Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 18:39