Surprisingly, National Flag Carrier Airline of Pakistan, PIA is making Drastic Progress in all the Factors in the past one year under the management of Air Marshal Arshad Malik. Another Good News has Surfaced as, PIA is Ready to Start Direct Flights to Australia For the First Time.
PIA has seen a 41% increase in revenues, a 5 points increase in seat factor and over 90% reliability of schedule. PIA has thus significantly improved in all performance indices and is now all set to take a more aggressive course towards future.
PIA is Ready to Start Direct Flights to Australia For the First Time
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has requested the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia to start direct air operations from Pakistan. The request from PIA states that PIA will start air operations to Australia from March 14, initially PIA will start 2 weekly flights to Australia.
“If it (flights to Australia by a Pakistani carrier) happens, it would be happening for the first time ever,” said PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez.
“We have run the feasibility, which says it would be beneficial for the airline,” he added.
It may be recalled that PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik had announced the launch of PIA direct air operations from Pakistan to Australia. Direct flights would shorten a traveler’s duration to 12:30 hours and 13 hours, if one is going to Australia or coming to Pakistan respectively.
Because there are no direct flights between Pakistan and Australia, passengers must travel for 34 to 35 hours with stopovers, which adds to their travel time.
“Every airline must touch their hub before flying on to their destination,” stated Nadeem Sharif, Chairman of the Travel Agents Association of Pakistan (TAAP). “There may be eight-hour layovers or even overnight stays, which adds to the travel time.”
He added that, for example, if a person travelling to Australia via Qatar Airways from Pakistan, he or she must first fly to Doha, Qatar Airways’ hub, and then be carried to Australia from there. Similarly, when a person travels from Australia to Pakistan, the same thing happens.