Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Agency overview
Formed December 7, 1982 (1982-12-07)
Preceding agency
  • Civil Aviation Department
Dissolved December 1982 (1982-12)
Jurisdiction  Pakistan
Headquarters Jinnah International Airport
24°53′55″N 67°09′08″E / 24.898636°N 67.152087°E / 24.898636; 67.152087Coordinates: 24°53′55″N 67°09′08″E / 24.898636°N 67.152087°E / 24.898636; 67.152087
Annual budget 47,584 billion PKR Annual Report 2014[1]
Deputy Ministers responsible
Agency executive
  • Air Marshal (Retd.) Asim Suleiman[4],
    (Director General CAA)
Parent agency Aviation Division, Government of Pakistan

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (Urdu: پاکستان سول ایوی ایشن اتھارٹی) (abbreviated as PCAA) is a public sector autonomous body, which oversees and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in Pakistan. PCAA's head office is situated in Terminal-1 of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.[5] PCAA is a member state of the International Civil Aviation Organization.[6] Nearly all civilian airports in Pakistan are owned and operated by the PCAA.

Safety Investigation Board (SIB), is authorized to conduct air safety investigations on directions of Federal Government.

Air Marshal (Retd.) Asim Suleiman was appointed to head the PCAA as its Director General on 27 November 2015.[7]


PCAA not only plays the role of aviation regulator but at the same time performs the service provider functions of Air Navigation Services and Airport Services. The core functions of PCAA are therefore, 'Regulatory', 'Air Navigation Services' & 'Airport Services'. These core functions are fully supported by various corporate functions of the organization.

Air Traffic

Pakistan's Airspace is divided into two Flight Information Regions (FIRs).[8]

Air Crash Investigations

CAA Safety Investigation Board (SIB) held four air crash investigations on direction of the federal Government of Pakistan.[9]


According to Service Performance Survey (SPS), a recent survey conducted by Singapore Airlines, the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore is ranked the world’s leading airport in terms of service performance out of 18 airports from around the world, including Dubai Airport, Cape Town Airport, Mumbai Airport and Campbell Town Airport, U.K. for its good terminal services and effective management.

According to a London Based magazine, unofficial Twitter account of CAA was ranked as the 'Worlds most optimistic & brilliant' in 2014.[10]

Major Traffic Flows by Airport


Civil Aviation Training Institute (CATI), Hyderabad works under Civil Aviation Authority. CATI is accredited by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is member of ICAO TRAINAIR programme. The institute was established in 1982 to fulfill training requirement of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and that of the fellow countries of the region.[11]

Civil Aviation Training Institute (CATI) provides training in the disciplines of :

  • Air Traffic Services
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Communication Operations
  • Aviation Management & Administration
  • Rescue and Fire Fighting Services
  • Electromechanical Engineering

See also


  1. "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Financial Highlights. Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority.
  2. "{title}". Archived from the original on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  5. "Contact". Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  6. "ICAO Member States" (PDF). International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  8. "Air Traffic Management". Air Traffic Management (ATM). PCAA. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  9. "SIB Final Investigation Reports".
  10. , "London Business", 28 March 2014.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 December 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
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