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CAA to be Divided into Regulatory and Airport Services Divisions

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According to news sources:

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to be formally divided into Regulatory and Services Divisions.

CAA to be divided into Airport Services and Regulatory Body.

Regulatory Body to be handed over to Cabinet Division.

Services Body to come under Pakistan Airport Services Limited (PASL), Aviation Division.

Division to be made under National Aviation Policy - 2019.

Passenger-friendly airport infrastructure to be developed.

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Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is delinking into 2 divisions on the base of regulatory and service in principle: Ghulam Sarwar Khan

Islamabad: July 15, 2019


Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA)is delinking into 2 divisions on the base of regulatory and service in principle. This was said by Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Monday after a meeting at Prime Minister Office.PM Imran Khan gave approval for the proposed separation of regulatory function from the Airport Services.

He mentioned that the reason behind regulatory separation is that the federal cabinet asked for the separation. Secondly, National Aviation Policy 2019 stipulates separation of regulatory function as per ICAO requirements. Thirdly, ICAO’s universal safety oversight audit is scheduled in September 2020.

He also added that delinking requires comprehensive consideration of aspects like assured service quality, separation of human resource, workable reorganization, steady revenue generation and most important, ensure safety and customer satisfaction. After the separation the regulatory body of PCAA will work under cabinet division and other division, Airport Services of Pakistan (ASP) will be under Aviation Division.

Subsequent to separation, ASP shall be registered with SECP owning 43 airports in Pakistan. The company shall operate on the various commercial models. After valuation of assets, interested parties shall be invited for investment in a subsidiary company for initially 3 major airports i.e. Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Another model shall be to invite open tender for operating initially above 3 referred airports. In case no positive response to the above options, the company shall consider JV for operating the airports. In case of no acceptable responses, the company shall operate airport by itself.

The Federal Minister also mentioned about timeline for separation. He said till August, 2019, there will be change of management committee, valuation, develop rules of business and legal reviews. And till September, 2019, there will be mid process review, stake holders input and processing of government approvals. While till December, 2019, there will be implementation, administrative allocation, ICAO review and SMS review. This separation will benefit aviation sector in the longer run.

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Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan today approved division of Pakistan CAA into Regulatory and Services divisions.

The aim is to promote tourism and provide better facilities to passengers at airports.

Aviation regulatory and services divisions will be managed and function according to international standards.

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Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:42 pm
Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan today approved division of Pakistan CAA into Regulatory and Services divisions.

The aim is to promote tourism and provide better facilities to passengers at airports.

Aviation regulatory and services divisions will be managed and function according to international standards.

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Profit-making Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is seeking clarification on its bifurcation/segregation into aviation regulatory and airport services divisions.
  1. CAA was established in 1982 through an ordinance as one authority for CA functions and for providing airport services. How will you change the ordinance without the approval of parliament?
  2. What goals are behind bifurcation of CAA despite CAA is healthy earning organization and paying billions of tax to government.
  3. Name of any department or organization which earns near or at par to CAA now fully established and earning more is/was bifurcated/segregated by the government.
  4. Tourism is linked with peace. It may be clarified that tourism in Pakistan at boom in 1980s, and that time airports were equipped with less facilities; therefore, no question of linkage of tourism with enhanced airport facilities.
  5. Name of any airline who discontinued its flight operations due to poor aviation services/facilities.
  6. What steps have been taken by government to improve sick units i.e. Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Pasni, Gwadar, Ormara, Panjgur, D.I. Khan airports etc. rather converting majore revenue earning airports in sick units by imposing wrong policies.
  7. Why airports which are located in tourism areas like Skardu, Gilgit, Saidu Sharif, Chitral, Parachinar, Moenjodaro etc. are not utilizing as model airports with enhanced facilities for tourism purpose?
  8. Please ensure that no mala fide intention of government for giving away major earning airports to Qatari family as discussed in all media channels.
  9. What are benefits of new policy for segregation of CAA and who will be responsible for failure of new policy.
  10. Being surrounded by unfriendly countries in toto and prevailing law & order situation of Kashmir in particular, the bifurcation of CAA at this stage for placement of services under private entity may lead towards security breach and can result insecure/delay coordination with government agencies in case of air strikes.
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CAA bifurcation ruffles air traffic controllers’ feathers

Zulqernain Tahir

August 20, 2019

LAHORE:
The bifurcation of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has caused unrest among the air traffic controllers who requested the aviation ministry to take them onboard regarding improvement of service standards and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved bifurcation of the CAA into two divisions on the basis of regulatory functions and airport services. According to the CAA plan, air navigation services (operation directorate, area control centres) would be placed with regulatory division and aerodrome control service (control tower), pre-flight information unit and ground operation control would be placed with airport services division.

According to the plan, the ATC is also reportedly being divided between the two proposed divisions and air traffic controllers demand that their section should not be separated.

In a letter to the secretary aviation, the Pakistan Air Traffic Controllers Guild (PATCG), which comprises 400 air traffic controllers, says the air traffic control (ATC) is earning 80pc of its overall revenue of the CAA and they should not be ignored regarding its bifurcation process.

“The air traffic controllers, who are a major stakeholders in this segregation, strongly disagree with the division and placement of the ATC functions under separate divisions,” the letter says and recommends that during the bifurcation, the placement of the ATC as a separate entity can achieve the goal of bifurcation and ensure the improved standards of safety and security of flights receiving air traffic control services.

The ICAO also describes and recommends the model of air navigation services (ANS) as separate entity in its documents.

It further says: “ATC, being a specific and specialised job, deals with the safety of the aircraft and security of country in coordination with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)/other agencies and has a very important role in the CAA. The air traffic control is purely a teamwork job. Dividing ATC into parts and placing it under separate heads can lead to reduced efficiency and can result in jeopardising the safety of aircraft.

“Keeping in view the sensitive nature of job of ATC, the strategic location of Pakistan in region and security of the country, the placement of ANS under regulatory division as a whole separate entity is more feasible, viable and highly recommendable.”

The Pakistan Air Traffic Controllers’ Guild (PATCG) said that being surrounded by the unfriendly countries in east and west, placement of ANS under any private structure/entity might lead towards a security breach and could result in unsecured and delayed coordination with government agencies.

It said the whole ANS should be placed as a separate entity as one unit having its own financial and administrative powers, for efficiently and safe discharge of duties ICAO recommendation to safely guard the national interest and to save the huge foreign revenue earned in lieu of navigational charges.

“This will resolve the audit objection of the ICAO regarding segregation of services and regulatory along with the strategic and security concerns of the country,” the PATCG suggested.

The Civil Aviation Officers Association Pakistan (COAP) has also written to the CAA director general, asking what steps the government has taken to improve sick units – Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Pasni, Gwadar, Ormara, Panjgur and DI Khan airports rather concerting major revenue earning airports in sick units by imposing wrong policies.

“It should be ensured that no mala fide intention of the government for giving away major earning airports to a Qatari family,” it said and asked as to why the airports located in tourism areas like Skardu, Gilgit, Saidu Sharif, Chitral, Parachinar and Moenjodaro are not being utilised as model airports with enhanced facilities.

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CAA workforce likely to face downsizing

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Updated September 10, 2019

KARACHI:
Amid uncertainty about the government initiative to bifurcate the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) into regulatory and airport services divisions, the aviation regulator has launched an exercise that is widely viewed as an attempt to pave the way for downsizing, it emerged on Monday.

While the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government had claimed to have delisted the profit-making CAA from its privatisation programme, fears of an impending downsizing have gripped thousands of employees when the CAA — one of the few autonomous bodies in the country which has been in profit since its inception in 1984 — formed a body for what it called “rationalisation of manpower”.

Senior CAA officials were informed on Sept 6 through a letter, a copy of which is available with Dawn, that a “sub-committee has been constituted for Rationalisation of Manpower” and it was “deliberating on rationalisation of manpower for all the directorates” at the CAA headquarters “including their respective manpower deployed at locations and headquarters”.

Sources said the subcommittee was tasked with identifying “surplus” staff in all branches of the authority as a first step towards downsizing in the name of rightsizing.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had himself approved a plan presented to him by Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat, who also holds the charge of CAA director general, in a meeting held in Islamabad on July 15 regarding CAA’s bifurcation into regulatory and service provider (airport services) functions.

According to the minutes of the meeting, the prime minister “approved rationalisation of manpower in accordance with the separation of the regulatory function of the CAA”.

However, on July 18, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan had claimed that there was no proposal of any downsizing or rightsizing in the CAA after its bifurcation.

The bifurcation plan is being implemented in the name of meeting International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirements. However, rumours are doing the rounds that the entire process is aimed at creating an airport services company, under the proposed airport services division, to facilitate some influential persons — having connections with the ruling party as well as certain quarters — in buying around half a dozen of the country’s 43 airports.

The sources said that the bifurcation plan was being executed in a secret manner and the real stakeholders, including the associations of officers and employees, had not been taken into confidence. They said most of the CAA employees were uncertain about their future as they had no idea about how this plan would affect their jobs.

While the government claimed that the bifurcation was aimed at improving the authority’s performance, “a question arises whether a profit-making organisation has ever had dissatisfactory performance. If so, what is the most justified yardstick to examine its performance other than net income?” said a senior CAA official, requesting anonymity.

In 2017, too, two former directors general and an additional director general had tried in vain to privatise some major airports in the country, the official said. Likewise, he added, the current head of the authority along with another top-ranking official were said to be the main proponent of bifurcation of the CAA’s two functions and their stated goal was to privatise CAA-controlled airports.

The sources said that 70 per cent of the CAA’s income came from its regulatory function — air traffic control, licensing, airworthiness, flight standard, etc — which had just 30pc of the total CAA staff, while the airport services with 70pc of the total CAA staff contributed 30pc in the total income. This clearly indicates that the axe of “rightsizing” is likely to fall on the employees associated with the airport services, according to them.

The senior official said it appeared that the government was eyeing CAA’s profit from its regulatory function to meet its financial targets and wanted to cut expenses in the name of rationalisation of manpower from the airport services function. “Initially, the government will slash the fringe benefits of employees and in case of failure to make further cuts it will sell out main units of the airport services like seven major airports of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Multan,” the official said.

“If it gets into a deal with any local or foreign buyer it will give buyer the rights of retaining efficient staff and lay-off the redundant ones to optimise the performance and maximise its income,” he explained.

PM Khan had already approved the proposed organogram of the Airport Services of Pakistan to be led by a chairman who would be assisted by a chief executive officer and three chief operating officers. The airport services would be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as the owner of 43 airports in the country as per plan.

According to the minutes of the July 15 meeting, a copy of which is also available with Dawn, Aviation Secretary and former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) official Nusrat told the prime minister that after evaluation of assets, interested parties would be invited for investment (equity sharing) in a subsidiary company for initially three major international airports — Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.

The airport services company would operate airports on its own only if it got no positive response for complete outsourcing of the three international airports or joint ventures, the meeting was informed.

It was also decided in that meeting that since Lahore Airport was a joint user facility for the CAA and the PAF the operating model for it would be finalised in coordination with the ministry of defence/PAF.

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Consequent to the segregation of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, Government of Pakistan requires services of an experienced & dynamic Pakistani national professional to be hired on contract basis as Director General Civil Aviation Regulatory.

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most probably the DG CAA job is for an Air Force guy, lets see who takeover CAA through this ad :-k
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Consequent to the segregation of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Government of Pakistan requires services of an experienced and dynamic Pakistani national professional to be hired on contract basis as Chairman Airport Services of Pakistan (ASP).

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It means Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to be segregated into following two bodies:

Airport Services of Pakistan (ASP).
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  • CAA earns seventy percent of its revenue through regulatory services.
  • Regulatory services revenue will go directly to the government after segregation of CAA into regulatory and airport services bodies.
  • Regulatory services will come under Cabinet Division.
  • Airport services will come under Aviation Division.
  • Airport services may struggle due to lack of funds. Airport taxes could be increased to meet its expenses.
  • Eventually, airport services will be outsourced.
  • Government has decided to hand over a major Pakistani airport to Qatar.
  • Six thousand CAA employees are in airport services out of a total of its ten thousand employees.
  • The future of six thousand airport services employees will be in jeopardy in the case of privatization.
  • CAA employees unions have decided to resist.
  • CAA employees may take extreme decision of disrupting flight operations at airports in case the government does not change its decision.
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Pakistan CAA Bifurcation Opposed by Pakistan Air Traffic Controllers' Guild

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January 02, 2020

LAHORE:
The Pakistan Air Traffic Controllers' Guild (PATCG) has criticized bifurcation of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) without taking them into confidence and in violation of the prime minister’s directions in this respect.

A meeting of the Guild held at the Lahore airport decided to write to Director General CAA on the issue to prevent giving the posts of air traffic controllers to two different directorates. It also decided to move courts of law and take other steps to do away with the ‘anomaly’ as far as posts of the controllers were concerned.

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Restructure in the offing: Plan to split CAA enters final phase

By Waqas Ahmed

Published: January 15, 2020

ISLAMABAD:
A federal government plan to split the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) into two separate operational bodies has moved into its final phase, The Express Tribune has learnt. The process will see the authority divided into a regulatory division and an airport services division.

According to sources privy to developments, the federal government has now decided to introduce an ordinance to restructure the CAA. The aviation authority has also submitted its recommendations pertaining to its reorganisation under the proposed new law.

Under the ordinance, the regulatory body of CAA will be kept under the Cabinet Division while the CAA Airport Service of Pakistan (ASP) will be placed under the Aviation Division. The ASP will be registered as a separate entity under the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and all 43 airports of the country will subsequently operate under the new service.

According to sources, the government has also finalised legal consultation for changing the CAA management committee and amending its rules of business in accordance to the new model. They added that the government was now in the process of reviewing how it would go about dividing financial assets, mid-process revenue, stakeholder revenue, IT sector operations and human resources division.

As part of this ongoing review, the value of all CAA assets has been estimated. According to the resultant report, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the authority owns Rs656.61 billion worth of assets across the country, including the 44 airports under its umbrella.

CAA moveable assets are valued at Rs33.65 billion while immoveable assets, including the airports and its offices, have an estimated value of Rs622.95 billion. Karachi is home to most of the aviation authority’s wealth, with Rs268 billion worth of its assets located there. It is followed by Islamabad, with Rs185.16 billion worth of CAA assets, and Lahore with assets valued at Rs136.66 billion.

Multan accounts for Rs17 billion worth of CAA assets while Peshawar is home to assets valued at Rs5.99 billion. Gwadar, Quetta, Nawabshah and Faisalabad account for Rs4.54 billion, Rs3.84 billion, Rs3.26 billion and Rs3.11 billion worth of CAA assets respectively. Hyderabad and Jacobabad, meanwhile, house Rs2.66 billion and Rs2.55 billion worth of CAA assets respectively. Other cities with significant CAA assets include Bahawalpur with Rs1.7 billion worth of them, Sukkur with assets valued at Rs1.87 billion, Mangla with Rs1.42 billion, Turbat with Rs1.22 billion, Kohat with Rs1.12 billion and Skardu with Rs1.08 billion.

The report also points out that 27 CAA-run airports are currently operational in the country, 12 of which are international airports. Operations at the 17 other airports under CAA remain suspended. Eleven of them have been completely shut down while the remaining six have some staff carrying out maintenance duties.

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“Segregation of the CAA is in process under which two commercial and regulatory authorities would hopefully be set up by March 31 to improve efficiency of the Aviation Division", Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said on Tuesday.

Like the CAA, he said, there would be two authorities “commercial and regulatory”, headed by their respective director generals.

“The authorities will have their independent boards, which will work under the Aviation Division.”

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