4,345 PIA flights delayed in three months

Published: July 6, 2012
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12,148 flights of PIA operated in January, February and March this year: Defence minister.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

12,148 flights of PIA operated in January, February and March this year: Defence minister. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: As many 4,345 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights were delayed during the first quarter of this year, Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar informed the National Assembly on Friday.     

In his written reply submitted in the lower house of the Parliament, he said that a total of 12,148 flights of PIA operated in January, February and March this year, out of which 4,345 flights were delayed.

The percentage of delay is 35.76%.

He said that during the three months, average percentage of punctuality was 64.3% and average percentage of regularity was 95.33%.

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  • Jibran
    Jul 6, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Make someone to pay for these delays…. PIA chairman or CEO is responsible to the losses to the national exchequer. I wonder what salary he draws.

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  • Disappointed
    Jul 6, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Truly disappointed by PIA.

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  • Mohsin Jamali
    Jul 6, 2012 - 6:55PM

    This is a norm in this type of industry. US airline industry maintains at an average of 30% for flight delays and it is a developed world. This could have been more in developing countries. I know the structure of the government owned organization is not up to the mark but it is bad to compare it without any rational and we should not get biased. Largely the disappointment is cascading and not actual.

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  • Nadir
    Jul 6, 2012 - 6:56PM

    What constitutes a delay? By 10 minutes, 2 hours what?

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 6, 2012 - 7:25PM

    PIA is a white elephant and rather slack as a brand ! It should be sold off to private sector and brought to function on sound economic and business model.
    The problem is that PIA is simply too far in the game to become competative against the middle eastern airlines in both costs and service, hence ideal solution should be closure and assets to be sold off in private sector, including the routes.

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  • Ali tanoli
    Jul 6, 2012 - 7:34PM

    since 2001 i stoped flying on this great AIr line…

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  • Baba Ji
    Jul 6, 2012 - 8:06PM

    so shall we point fingers at Zardari, Gilani and P Ashraf ? or do we need to look inwards to see who actually is responsible for this … inefficient workforce !!!

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  • Baby ka Husband
    Jul 6, 2012 - 8:42PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    Since you are an Indian can you compare PIA with Air India and tell us where it stands??? Thank You.

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  • Raja Islam
    Jul 6, 2012 - 8:48PM

    It is not the business of the government to operate airlines. PIA should be sold off to a private investor. Unions should be banned and the organisation needs to be trimmed down.

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  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Jul 6, 2012 - 9:13PM

    Anyone who wants PIA to be closed has gone absolutely nuts. Millions would become unemployed and social order will break down

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  • Baby ka Husband
    Jul 6, 2012 - 9:33PM

    @Disappointed:
    Take the train. Why be disappointed with PIA, says Baby.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 6, 2012 - 9:48PM

    “shahbash” national carrier ,it is only due the attitude and behaviour of work team who are led by the political appointees at heavy top management i e corps of GMs.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 6, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @Baby ka Husband:
    Yes , they are both burden to the state and gravy train for all employees with pensions and perks not seen in private sectors!
    I remember buying BA share back in 1987 and i, infact shorted them on launch, and i still remember making handsome profit from that deal !
    These organisations acted as Flag carriers of their Nations, however being funded by the State has reduced them to shambles and in these days the Taxpayers are entitled to ask questions as to their basic management .

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  • Parvez
    Jul 6, 2012 - 11:29PM

    If PIA is closed down nothing earth shaking will happen. Its an industry and the void will be filled plus the national exchequer will benefit. The politicians, bureaucrats, retired Air Force people and free loaders will suffer and that is why PIA will not be shut down.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 7, 2012 - 12:18AM

    @Parvez:
    Yes, I agree with you , as is the case with Air India too !

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  • Muhammad
    Jul 7, 2012 - 1:27AM

    Like all other Pakistan’s gold mines (railway, steel mill, etc.), PIA has suffered due to the corruption, incompetence and ignorance of our leadership. An airline which is behind the establishment of one of the top most airlines in the world, Emirates, faced delays on almost 36% of its flights in the first quarter of 2012. What does that tell you?

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  • Jafri
    Jul 7, 2012 - 2:32AM

    @Mohsin Jamali:
    Mr. Mohsin Jamli please do not compare US industry averages with PIA! The US carriers operate a fleet which is 5 times larger than PIA on average and are far more efficient with a lot lesser amount of employees my friend.

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  • Baby ka Husband
    Jul 7, 2012 - 4:51AM

    @Hedgefunder:
    You have not answered my question. I was in London closely following BA privatization by Margaret Thatcher. The BA shares because of the recession dropped from 320p a bit but since then they have risen significantly giving the shareholders a good return. So you are absolutely wrong about BA, which remains one the most profitable, viable and premier name brand airline in the world. Its service is second to none and has a fantastic safety record. How does Air India compare to that or to PIA??? You are an Indian so answer the question instead of fudging around.

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  • Baby ka Husband
    Jul 7, 2012 - 4:55AM

    @Jafri:
    AA. United. US Airways and Delta have a Jet fleet of over 550 aircraft each, besides hundreds of turbo-props. PIA has 39 jet aircraft (I recall) and another 8 or 9 turbo-props, i.e,.ATR-42s. So PIA does not rank even against budget carriers like Air Tran, Easyjet or Ryan Air.

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  • Zzzz
    Jul 7, 2012 - 5:21AM

    When hiring is done on the basis of loyalties to PPP, then how can the airline survive? The current employees all of them from top to bottom are responsible for current state of affairs and they should all be fired.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jul 7, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Would somebody also raise questions about Emirates? Since Emirates have a practical monopoly over international traffic from Pakistan delays are a norm and you are directly made to travel long distances to the next gate as the flight is about to leave.

    Emirates might be a private airline but it is landing on Pakistani airports and at least 90% of the flights are not on time.

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  • Shahzad
    Jul 7, 2012 - 10:50AM

    PIA’s abrupt decadence started when they appointed Aslam R Khan, an over 70 years old former corrupt marketing officer for 3 months and than replaced him with corrupt unqualified high school drop out cronies like Aijaz Haroon and Nadeem Yousafzai, who played havoc with contracts for parts supply, leasing aircrafts, posting incompetent men on foreign postings and making a mess of Umrah and Hajj operation, appointing known corrupt men to head key departments like Marketing, Stores & Procurement, a matriculate as Director Administration and a former Clearing Forwarding agent as Director Marketing and than promoting him as DMD. Chairman PIA Ahmed Mukhtar has played a key role in destroying PIA. The $50,000/ a month DMD Ops & Engg has ruined this department, and in order to hide all these pilferages and corruption, a retired unqualified former Accounts officer, a US national appointed as Chief Internal Auditor.

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