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Oman CAA Refuses Landing To Pakistani Flights

Fri Jul 11, 2003 4:51 pm

The Civil Aviation Authority of Oman has stopped all Pakistani flights that take off from Islamabad and Lahore airports from landing in reaction to Pakistani civil aviation's refusal to allow a Gulf Air aircraft to land. in Islamabad.

On July 3, an Islamabad bound Gulf Air flight from Muscat was refused landing at Islamabad Airport despite several requests from the top Omani officials and assurances from Pakistani authorities.

The flight was made to land at Lahore airport forcing the airline to send its passengers to Islamabad by road.

The flight's schedule was in accordance with the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries on November 7, 1998 allowing the Omani carrier to operate flights to Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad.

Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said at that time they could not allow the designated flight to land due to 'infrastructural constraints' at Islamabad Airport.

The Omani government in reaction immediately stopped a PIA flight from taking off from Muscat, which was later allowed to leave after Pakistani ambassador intervened. Oman however intimated to Pakistan that henceforward it would not allow any Pakistani flight to and that flies from Islamabad and Lahore. This forced PIA to cancel its flight Pk-229 and Pk-230 on Wednesday. PIA is now carrying all its passengers first to Karachi and then to Muscat.

"Negotiations are underway", a PIA spokesman told The News. He was hopeful the matter would be settled within a couple of days.

A PIA director lambasted the CAA over the MoU and said the authority did not safeguard the interests of national flag carrier. Another high official at PIA explaining drawbacks of such MoUs said take for example Emirates Airlines, which is not only operating for Pakistan-Dubai but also carries Pakistani passengers to the rest of the world to the great disadvantage of Pakistani airlines. He hinted at the need for reviewing all such MoUs.

Contrary to PIA officials' statements, a high official at CAA put the entire blame on PIA and said the authority had taken the step according to their wishes. "Before signing all MoUs, we get the consent of PIA," he said asking why didn't they raise any objection at that time.

Source: The News.
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RE: Oman CAA Refuses Landing To Pakistani Flights

Sun Jul 20, 2003 3:09 am

Pakistan dropped hint of allowing Gulf Air to land at Islamabad in the winter in a bid to resolve the row between Oman and Pakistan that erupted after Civil Aviation Authority refused a Gulf aircraft landing a fortnight ago, sources said on Friday.

High ups of the civil aviation authorities of the two countries are expected to meet next month in Islamabad to iron out misunderstandings caused by Pakistan CAA's refusal to a Gulf aircraft to land at Islamabad Airport on July 1, 2003.

The CAA argued that Gulf Air had failed to submit its summer schedule in time, a claim which the manager of Gulf Air for Pakistan and Afghanistan Jawad Abdul Ghani Mohammed rejects. He made clear that the Airways had submitted its summer schedule on February 18 and it was well in time.

The Oman government in a quick reaction barred all the PIA flights for Muscat that took off from Lahore and Islamabad airports but allowed flights from Karachi.

"There is no issue of implementation of bilateral agreements," a high official at the Pakistan CAA told The News. "We respect all such agreements but the matter is that the Gulf Air has failed to submit its summer schedule in time in February.

"That's why, the CAA refused to give it permission for landing on grounds of infrastructural constraints," he added.

PIA has expressed serious reservations over the permission to foreign international airlines to operate without any limitations and termed it disastrous for the national airline.

Chairman PIA Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed said while briefing newsmen at PIA headquarters on Thursday that the entire business and profit of the airline depends on domestic traffic. "If the open sky policy continues, it will cause to shrink the airline's traffic leaving it with no hope for expansion in the future," he said. "At the most, we can increase only passenger load by 5-10 per cent in the present scenario."

Source: The News (Pakistan)
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RE: Oman CAA Refuses Landing To Pakistani Flights

Sun Jul 20, 2003 4:47 am

What the hell is going on!!! Quite an unbelievable story man. But i think what the Pakistani authoroties did to begin with was very wrong.....not allowing the already airborne plane to land in Islamabad..despite the Omani requests....thats too much man. What the Omani's did later was only a reaction and its quite understandable....
What i dont understand is why the hell did they have to get so hardcore about this problem.....thats how they are going to solve PIA's problems by spoiling relations with a friendly neighbouring country!?

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