Restoring flight operation for Malaysia, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight carrying more than 300 passengers left for Kuala Lumpur after the interval of eight months.
In a statement, PIA spokesperson said that the state-run company would operate two direct flights between Islamabad and Kuala Lumpur weekly on Monday and Friday to facilitate tourists and businessmen intending to visit Pakistan and Malaysia.
In the first week of October, Pakistan International Airlines had decided to resume Islamabad-Kuala Lumpur flight operations after the Federal Ombudsman’s intervention into the matter. According to the spokesperson, a large number of complaints were filed to the Ombudsperson’s office by overseas Pakistanis seeking restoration of the PIA flights.
It is pertinent to mention here that the direct flights between the two countries were canceled following the tensed regional situation. On the special directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the national flag carrier brought back 322 nationals stranded in Malaysia.
Most of these Pakistanis were nabbed by Malaysian officials upon the expiry of visa or work permits and they were facing troubles in returning to the country because of the suspension of the direct flights. Also, the PIA administration has started the implementation of its business plan focusing the strategy to make the national entity into a profitable organization.
The PIA has increased its routes up to 13 and the number of flights to many countries to generate additional revenue. The airline will operate 42 flights to Jeddah; two flights per week will be commenced from Quetta to Jeddah from October 28; two flights of Multan-Jeddah and two flights in a week will be operated to Dubai from Multan city and Sialkot to Kuwait.
The airline adds an additional flight from Peshawar to the Dammam City of Saudi Arabia. Four flights will be operated from Islamabad to Birmingham in a week, whereas two additional flights will be commenced from Karachi to Toronto and five flights will be operated to Canada from different spots.
The national flag-carrier increased a number of flights to Jeddah to 42 in a week after the announcement of operating seven additional flights. The PIA will also induct two Airbus 320 planes into its fleet this month, as the federal government already decided to add seven new aircraft to the PIA fleet.
As many as five more aircraft will be acquired next year on dry lease which would increase the total number of planes to 37. The fleet will be expanded to more than 45 planes within a period of four years. The PIA officials decided to introduce new routes that would be made possible through the addition of new aircraft.