PIA says no to VIP culture in Naya Pakistan

09:50 AM | 9 Jan, 2019
PIA says no to VIP culture in Naya Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has scrapped kinds of protocols and extraordinary arrangements for government and non-government officials across the country in a bid to put an end to the VIP culture.

The airlines’ president, Air Marshal Arshad Malik yesterday asked the national flag-carrier to follow the regular procedure at all level.

Following this new order, the airline’s president and the chief executive officer will not be able to enjoy protocol and extraordinary arrangements.

The PIA has also launched an austerity campaign, putting an end to the special treatment being provided to its pilots and cabin crew.

The staff reserved for facilitating the cabin crew members has been redeployed on their normal duties at airports across the country. The staff has been redeployed on normal duties, including wheelchair handling. In addition, the cabin crew rooms have also been abolished.

The move is was part of ongoing reforms and austerity steps and to improve service delivery, according to a PIA spokesman.

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In August last year, the country’s premier airline had announced that it would not give any undue protocol to the VVIPs.

In a tweet, the PIA had said that “all passengers are equally important”, hence no protocol or seat blocking will be exercised by the authority.

The announcement comes weeks after the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took over the reins of the country after its victory in 2018 General Elections.