Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2019
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Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is delinking into two divisions on base of regulatory & service in principle: Sarwar Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is delinking into two divisions on the base of regulatory and service in principle.

This was said by Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan after a meeting at Prime Minister Office. Prime Minister Imran Khan gave approval for the proposed separation of regulatory function from the Airport Services.

He mentioned that the reason behind regulatory separation is that the federal cabinet asked for the separation. Secondly, National Aviation Policy2019 stipulates separation of regulatory function as per ICAO requirements. Thirdly, ICAO’s universal safety oversight audit is scheduled in September 2020.He also added that delinking requires comprehensive consideration of aspects like assured service quality, separation of human resource, workable reorganization, steady revenue generation and most important, ensure safety and customer satisfaction. After the separation the regulatory body of PCAA will work under cabinet division and other division, Airport Services of Pakistan (ASP) will be under Aviation Division. Subsequent to separation, ASP shall be registered with SECP owning 43 airports in Pakistan.

The company shall operate on the various commercial models. After valuation of assets, interested parties shall be invited for investment in a subsidiary company for initially 3 major airports i.e. Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Another model shall be to invite open tender for operating initially above 3 referred airports. In case no positive response to the above options; the company shall consider JV for operating the airports. In case of no acceptable responses, the company shall operate airport by itself.

The Federal Minister also mentioned about timeline for separation. He said till August, 2019, there will be change of management committee, valuation; develop rules of business and legal reviews. And till September, 2019, there will be mid process review, stake holders input and processing of government approvals. While till December, 2019, there will be implementation, administrative allocation, ICAO review and SMS review. This separation will benefit aviation sector in the longer run.


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