The Supreme Court on Tuesday took suo motu notice of difficulties faced by passengers at Skardu airport after the Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allegedly took a group of friends for a special tour of Nanga Parbat on a PIA plane scheduled for a flight.
The court directed CAA and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to submit a report before it within 48 hours.
Earlier today, the DG CAA took a group of friends for a special tour of Nanga Parbat on a PIA plane and that "the tour took place as passengers waited for the plane’s arrival at Skardu airport for their scheduled flight.”
As per reports, when the plane finally landed at Skardu airport after a delay of hours, passengers protested and lashed out at the DG CAA Hassan Baig.
Baig, however, denied using a plane of the national carrier.
“I went for an air safari on the invitation of PIA CEO,” he upheld adding that the national carrier told him that they are starting an air safari and thus wanted to invite him.
“I have nothing to do with the plane being taken for an air safari,” the DG CAA said.
“None of my friends was on board the plane,” he clarified.
Meanwhile, PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar told that the flight to Skardu was delayed owing to bad weather and not because of the air safari.
"We had passed on a message to Skardu airport authorities that the flight will be delayed," he added.