According to a press release issued by the Pakistan International Airline (PIA), all domestic and international flights will operate on schedule and there will not be any disruption of flights.
A PIA spokesperson said on Sunday that rumours regarding any strike call are baseless and that no agreement or MoU has been signed with the Turkish Airlines. The Proposed Code Share Joint Venture Commercial Agreement is subject to approval from the government of Pakistan and other regulatory authorities. The statement said that routes are not owned by any airline and therefore cannot be sold or bought. PIA and TK have proposed a code share arrangement, which are being done by most airlines to increase profitability and enhance routes without incurring additional costs. He further said that all employees are dedicated workers and loyal to the airline. However, a few miscreants want to disrupt the normal working of the airline and create problems for passengers and general public of Pakistan as well as affecting the image of the airline abroad.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2011.