In today’s episode of the Tribune Take, we look at the inauguration of the first non-stop train between Karachi and Lahore called the Business Express.
Khurram Baig, Business Editor The Express Tribune, says with a travel time of 18 hours on the train, it is highly unlikely many business travellers will opt for this ride instead of a short plane ride which does not cost much more.
Baig discusses the business plan for this one of a kind public-private partnership venture that has modelled its business hoping for an 88% occupancy, which Baig says is too optimistic. But he further clarifies that this new venture is a step in the right direction for the privatization of the railways.
Baig points out that although this train service is meant for business travellers, it may be very attractive for families on vacation as well.
Read Khurram Baig’s articles here.
Watch a slideshow of pictures of the train here.
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