Cash-strapped PIA discontinues Tokyo flights

Published: January 13, 2019
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PIA spokesperson says decision taken in view of annual loss of Rs300m on route. PHOTO: FILE

PIA spokesperson says decision taken in view of annual loss of Rs300m on route. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The national flag carrier on Sunday announced that it will discontinue its flights to Tokyo, Japan owing to financial losses.

With Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) buried in increasing debt, the airline’s management has decided to suspend flights from Beijing to Tokyo from February 15.

Following the closure of the route, PIA flights will be restricted to Beijing.

Mashood Tajwar, the airline’s spokesperson, said the step has been taken in view of incurring an annual loss of Rs300 million from its Tokyo flights.

PIA saves Rs20m a month through austerity steps

Tajwar added that the route has been discontinued to cut down on PIA losses.

Last year, the airline had suspended its operations to Kuwait and Salalah, Oman. The decision followed the suspension of flights to New York, where PIA said ran into heavy losses.

Last year, the airline had suspended its operations to Kuwait and Salalah, Oman. The decision followed the suspension of flights to New York, where PIA said ran into heavy losses.

The national flag carrier, however, resumed operations on Muscat and Sharjah routes which it suspended over a year earlier.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Irtaza M. Awan
    Jan 13, 2019 - 11:35PM

    This is bad news. Not the route itself but we will loose the landing slot at Narita airport. Landing slots at Narita are one of the most prized after London Heathrow.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 14, 2019 - 12:49AM

    Good business decision!
    Why fly routes that you lose serious money on?Recommend

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