The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday suspended the manager of the new Islamabad international airport after stray dogs were spotted roaming in the facility’s lounge, a media report said.
New #Islamabad airport manager suspended after dogs found wandering in the lounge of Airport, DG #CAA ordered inquiry of the matter.— SherY - (@SherySyed_) October 1, 2018
According to experts, the entry of stray dogs inside the airport was not a management-related issue, it was rather a breach of security. #ISBAlerts pic.twitter.com/JYbVx1owvI
According to a Geo TV report, quoting a CAA spokesperson, four dogs were found wandering in the airport’s lounge after which the suspension order was issued to the manager by the director general of Civil Aviation Authority. Further investigation into the matter has been issued, they added.
The suspended manager, Asghar Faheem, welcomed the inquiry and states that the CAA holds the authority to take such actions, sources said.
However, according to reports, experts hold different viewpoints and said the entrance of stray dogs inside the airport’s premises was not management-related issue, it was rather a breach of security.
The new airport in the capital has been built with multiple layers of security, including deployment of personnel belonging to Airports Security Force, Rangers and the police. Besides, sirens are also installed in the area that start ringing over any unusual movement, the sources said.
The management of the new China-built airport in Islamabad has been criticised earlier when passengers were met with difficulties soon after the facility became operational.
Passengers had complained of a lack of porters, an absence of a help desk, poor internet connection and a dysfunctional conveyor belt, among several other issues, it said.