Sindh High Court (SHC) has granted permission to Shaheen Air International (SAI) to carry out its international flight operations from Multan and Faisalabad, which were supposed to operate on 23rd April and 2nd May, respectively, but were barred by the CAA without assigning any reason. This decision was taken at the hearing on the 5th of May, 2017, where the judge disagreed with the CAA’s stance on the issue.
On the 29th of April, 2017, SHC had ruled in favor of SAI against CAA’s directive to submit documents, within 45 days, for a fresh Regular Public Transport (RPT) License. The court had legally suspended this demand of CAA. The airline was granted an RPT License 26 years ago when it was established, making CAA’s request appear almost amusing if not for the seriousness of this stance for the 2nd largest air carrier of Pakistan with 3.5 million passengers.
Following the court’s permission, SAI’s flight NL 678 and NL 679 (route: MUX-MCT-MUX) will operate as per schedule on 7th May 2017. The airline management has once again thanked SHC for playing its due role and ensuring that justice prevails over illegal practices. The permission to fly on new international routes is effective till the 8th of May, 2017, which is the date of the next hearing.