The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) issued a statement on Monday ordering the grounding of Pakistani pilots flying locally, over fears that some pilots may be carrying fraudulent credentials.
Vietnam’s aviation authority issued the directive over Pakistani pilots amidst Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) pilot licensure scandal.
Pakistan’s inquiry into the country’s aviators last year found that 262 of the country’s 860 pilots flew under a fake license or cheated in through the licensure examination.
The CAAV stated on Monday:
“The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines.”
The CAAV will be working with Pakistani aviation officials to verify and ascertain the pilots’ profiles in the country.
Vietnam is home to 27 Pakistani pilots, with 12 of them still active in flying. At the same time, the remaining 15 are grounded as their contracts had expired or either inactive due to the pandemic said CAAV.
Of the 12 pilots, 11 of them work for the budget airline VietJet Aviation.
The other one is flying for Jetstar Pacific, a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines.
VietJet Aviation immediately issued a statement saying that the airline had stopped assigning flights to its Pakistani pilots as soon as Pakistan’s licensure scandal came out.
Vietnam currently has 1,260 pilots flying for its airlines, with foreign aviators comprising more than half of it, said CAAV.