The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has restored the RPT license of Shaheen Air allowing it to resume its hajj operations in order to bring back the stranded Hajj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds of Pakistani Hajj pilgrims have been trapped in Saudi Arabia as Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) say no to extend Shaheen Air International’s (SAI) Regular Public Transport Licenses (RPTL). Hajj pilgrims trapped in Saudi have appealed Prime Minister to help them get back home.
In a video from Madina, a middle-aged woman requested Prime Minister to take action on this issue. They were at Medina airport for their flight but no representative of SAI was present there. She demanded the government to send an aircraft so that they can reach Pakistan.
“We are many Pakistanis waiting for SAI flights but no one has contacted us. Elderly Pakistanis are also stuck waiting for their respective flights,” she said in the video.
CAA spokesperson informed the public in a press note that RPTL of SAI expired on 30 August of this year. CAA added that SAI is a defaulter of Rs. 1.4 billion and the authority is taking legal action to recover all its dues.
CAA refused to take any responsibilities for the failure of SAI. Regulator of commercial airlines urged public and shippers to be cautious and take action against the company to safeguard their rights.
Spokesperson SAI Zohaib Hassan told that SAI suspended its post-Hajj operation as CAA refused to extend RPTL.
To resolve this issue, a meeting was held between the SAI and CAA management where the airline requested the regulatory authority to extend its RPTL. CAA refused to extend the license on the ground that the SAI failed to pay its dues.
Zohaib claimed that CAA had assured SAI that no action would be taken during the Hajj to ensure smooth management of the Hajj pilgrims. CAA has violated court orders again.
He also rejects the CAA claim about the inventory of airvehicle and said that SAI had 4 A330 and 2 A320 planes registered on CAA rule-book which were pre-requisites for international operation as per CAA. The suspension of license halts the post-Hajj operation.
SAI Spokesperson urged the CAA to restored its RPTL so it can operate flights and bring back Hajj pilgrims.