After a gap of 12 years, Bhoja Air will get back up in the air from Tuesday as it re-launches local operations with an introductory price of Rs2,000 without taxes to all destinations, Bhoja Air Chairman Muhammad Farouk Bhoja said on Saturday.
The airline plans to start four flights connecting Karachi to Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad.
The company has a fleet of five 737-200s and 737-400s aircrafts while two more will be added by April when flights to Dubai from both Karachi and Lahore start, the chairman said.
“We have plans to run flights from Karachi and Lahore to the US, UK, Kuwait and Qatar as well,” he added.
Bhoja’s first stint started on November 1993 and came to an end on October 2000 when it was grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority for failing to clear its dues.
The airline took one of the aircrafts out for a test flight on Saturday from Karachi to Lahore with officials of the civil aviation authority and media onboard. Air traffic was growing at a meagre 12% annually in Pakistan due to insufficient and improper transport rail and road transport, the chairman added. with additional input by APP
Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2012.