PIA paid close to Rs 2 crores penalty for transporting illegal passengers abroad

December 27th, 2008 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Dec.27 (ANI): As if its fragile financial health was not bad enough, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has landed itself the dubious distinction of being forced to shell out close to Rs 2 crores for transporting illegal passengers abroad.
According to a latest report by the Auditor General of Pakistan Revenue (AGP), the PIA has paid the massive amount as penalty for carrying illegal passengers.
PIA has paid 17.066 million rupees between 2004 and 2006 for transporting passengers without legal documents to five countries, the Daily Times said quoting the 2007-08 annual report of the Auditor General of Pakistan Revenue (AGP).
Fines were paid to local authorities in between 2004 and 2006 in five cities - New York, Amsterdam, Doha, Jeddah and London, the report added.
The report also revealed that PIA paid 14.926 million rupees as compensation for lost baggage and 227.285 million rupees for food and accommodation for passengers due to flight delays at various stations.
The AGP report lamented the management of PIA for the huge losses it has incurred over the years.
The losses were incurred due to sheer negligence and inefficient management of the PIA staff and the management should investigate and find those responsible, it said. (ANI)

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