PIA resumes flights to Gulf states

PIA resumes flights to Gulf states

Reporting by Rizwan Alam

Pakistan Worldwide Airways has resumed its flights to Gulf states, Arshad Malik, CEO of the nationwide service, has revealed

PIA had been banned from working flights to the Gulf international locations comparable to Kuwait as a measure to mitigate the unfold of the novel coronavirus. The operation was, nonetheless, resumed on November 9 after a downward development was seen in circumstances of the lethal virus.

At a chat with journalists Friday, Malik mentioned {that a} determination concerning resuming flights to and from Saudi Arabia remains to be on the tenterhooks. “Round 40% of PIA’s earnings comprise of earnings from operations to the Kingdom,” he mentioned, “The suspension has led to losses.”

The airline is, nonetheless, hopeful that restarting flights to Gulf states will compensate for the losses.

Flights to Kabul

Malik mentioned that PIA is simply operating chartered flights to Kabul.

“Struggle insurance coverage costs are one of many hindrances in resuming common flights to the Afghan capital,” he instructed journalists. “There are safety and radar points on the Kabul airport as properly.”

The PIA CEO added that he just lately met Afghan officers and mentioned the problems with them. An answer is anticipated to be reached by the top of the month.

PIA suspended its flights to Kabul final month over “inappropriate habits of the Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan and the Taliban authorities”. The nationwide service was the primary airline to function the primary worldwide flight to Afghanistan on September 13, publish the Taliban takeover.

New airplane

A brand new airplane is on playing cards for PIA as properly. Malik revealed that three new airplanes might be added to the nationwide service’s fleet subsequent 12 months. All of those might be of the 2017 mannequin. Most of PIA’s airplanes are of the 2007 mannequin.

He added that PIA will quickly buy an A320 simulator as properly. The plane will assist the corporate prepare its pilots. “As soon as we get it, we received’t need to ship our pilots overseas and can be capable to save tens of millions of {dollars}.”

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