PIA decides to operate direct flight to three countries

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national flag carrier of the South Asian country, has decided to operate direct flights to three countries including Australia, Maldives and Hong Kong.

According to the details, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik announced the direct flights operation to the three countries. He said that the airline has started working on the flight schedules with direct air operations being planned for Istanbul and Bangkok.

Air Marshal Arshad Malik also said that dialogue is underway with British, European and American civil aviations for resumption of direct flights to United Kingdom (UK), European countries and United States (US). While talking to media, he said that European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has called for an audit to operate flights to European countries, the airline will restore flights as soon as the audit is cleared.

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Furthermore, the PIA chief said that EASA wants to come to Pakistan to audit both, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and PIA. However, the national flag carrier is fully prepared for the audit and is very hopeful that the sanctions will be lifted soon. As a result, PIA has insisted EASA to conduct the audit as soon as possible so that routes to Europe and UK can be restored.

CEO Malik said that a comprehensive business plan of PIA has been formulated by International Air Transport Association (IATA) which will be submitted to the government for approval next week. Financial restructuring is essential for the survival of PIA.

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He added that all elements around the world from government policy to airport facilities promote aviation. Pakistan has a lot of potential for aviation but unfortunately it is not considered as an industry, unlike Gulf countries where it is one of the largest sectors of the national economy. Legislation and infrastructure play a vital role in the development of their domestic airlines and the aviation industry.

Last but not the least, Arshad Malik said that Pakistan’s CAA has to support the domestic airlines and people associated with this industry. The government and CAA need to prioritise PIA, along with other Pakistani airlines, in order to strengthen the aviation industry of the country.

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