PIA plans to ‘expand’ flight operations

Airline’s official says future business plan includes addition of more aircraft

Our Correspondent May 11, 2024
View of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane, taken through a glass panel, at Islamabad International Airport, Pakistan October 3, 2023. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


With the European Union expected to lift the ban on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the near future, the national carrier plans to expand its flight operations.

“Flights to Europe will resume immediately after the restrictions are lifted,” PIA Chief Commercial Officer Nausherwan Adil said in a meeting with travel agents in Lahore.

“The ban on flights to the UK is also likely to end,” he added.

“Plans to resume flights to the UK have also been completed.”

Adil praised the role of travel agents, saying that they were the airline’s long-standing companions and in fact its “business partners”.

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The PIA official explained that the national carrier’s future business plan also included addition of more aircraft.

He noted that a large number of Pakistanis were residing all over the world and travelled to the country every year.

“Overseas Pakistanis are our real assets.”

The PIA official said all possible steps were being taken to provide direct flights to the country to overseas Pakistanis.

Adil hoped that the PIA’s relationship with the travel agents would grow stronger in the coming days.

The PIA official explained that the national carrier’s business partnerships with various major airlines were aimed at providing convenience to its passengers.

He continued that the PIA strived to provide the best possible services to its passengers with its limited air fleet.

The PIA official pointed out that Lahore was the top station of the national carrier in terms of generating income.

He noted that travel agents had supported the PIA during all its difficult times.

Adil expressed his gratitude to travel agents on behalf of the airline’s management.


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