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PIA restores international slip allowance of cabin crew

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PIA restores international slip allowance of cabin crew

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has restored international slip allowance of cabin crew on foreign flights in order to end tensions between the administration and crew members, ARY News reported on Wednesday.

After conciliating pilots of the nation flag-carrier, the PIA administration has also decided to pay the flying allowance to cabin crew members. The allowance was suspended since many months due to financial crisis.

However, the flying allowance has been restored for cash payment to the cabin crew from April 9 besides bearing the expenses of two meals a day of flight attendants performing duties in foreign countries.

General Manager of Flight Services told ARY News that cabin crew will be paid the allowance after the arrival at the airport from international flights on basis of their duty hours.

Moreover, the cabin crew will be provided three meals a day by PIA administration if they were kept in quarantine after their arrival from a foreign country.

Earlier on Tuesday, the national flag-carrier resumed its flight operation as pilots end strike and started returning to airports after dialogues between Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) administration and PALPA (Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association).

The flight operation of the national airline resumed after PIA and pilots’ association reached an agreement for the safety measures of aircraft crew due to coronavirus pandemic.

Pilots started returning to the airports who went on strike to protest against PIA administration over the calls of PALPA. The flights from Islamabad and Lahore have been readied for departure to United Kingdom and Canada.

Special arrangements have been made for the protection of pilots, flight attendants and crew members from coronavirus pandemic.

According to the agreement finalized between the two sides, the crew members and pilots of the PIA planes would be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE).