PIA’s reputation damaged after Karachi accident: Aviation Minister

Aviation Minister, Ghulam Muhammad Sarwar, has recently made claims that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s reputation has been damaged after the Karachi plane crash incident.

According to reports of Baaghi TV, Federal Minister for Civil Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has submitted a written reply to the National Assembly.

The written reply said that the closure of PIA co-flight operation in European sectors caused a loss of Rs. 28 crore. European sectors received revenue of Rs 1.41 billion instead of Rs 1.69 billion. The loss to PIA was from July to August 2020, with a profit of Rs 52 crore on the UK sector. Between the UK and Pakistan, the Maltese company was hired to operate the flights. PIA has so far operated four round-trip charter flights to the UK.

The written reply added that the UK sector received revenue of Rs 5.81 billion as against the cost of Rs 5.31 billion. PIA has started flights to Canada, UAE, Oman and Qatar. Flights to Malaysia, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia have also resumed.

The written reply further said that the PIA Karachi plane crash had severely damaged the company’s reputation and caused a huge drop in passengers. The cost of PIA premium will be more than Rs 5 million. The insurance company will pay the compensation to the plane and the deceased passengers.

It was further stated in the written reply that Rs. 5 lakh was paid per passenger for the flight accident from Chitral to Islamabad. He paid Rs 50 lakh per passenger to the heirs of the Chitral-Islamabad flight accident. Rs 10 lakh was paid for burial per passenger in Lahore to Karachi flight.

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