New Delhi: In a significant development, the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday suspended the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate its flights in Europe for six months, the airline said in a statement. Also Read - PIA Plane Crash in Pakistan Was Due to Human Error, Not Technical Glitch, Says Preliminary Report

“EASA has temporarily suspended the PIA’s authorisation to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020, with the right to appeal against this decision,” the PIA statement said. Also Read - PIA Flight Crash: Pilot Ignored 3 Warnings From ATC Before Landing, Says Report

The PIA also added that it will temporarily discontinue all its flight operations to Europe. The decision was taken after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan termed the licence of 262 pilots ‘dubious’. Also Read - 'Your Pain is Our Pain': Twitter India Stands in Solidarity With Pakistan After Tragic Loss of Lives in PIA Plane Crash

As per updates from the airline, passengers booked tickets on PIA flights to European destinations can either extend their bookings to a later date or will have the option to get full refund.

The airline said that the PIA is in contact with EASA to dispel all their concerns and to take necessary measures along with filing the appeal against the decision from the EASA.

(With inputs from agencies)