Government determined to revamp PIA

Pakistan government is ready to revamp the flagship carrier of the country, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The government will use technology to bring betterment in the airlines’ services. This news is confirmed by a senior official.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Aviation Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi said, “Advancement in technology is a dire need of the time, and we are committed to extend the technology and to furnish Pakistan International Airlines with the latest equipment to serve our customers at large.” He informed about this while in discussion with Regional Vice President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford.

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Discussion related to mutual cooperation in aviation field was done. This includes improvement in cargo, human resource development, fuel conservation, fleet optimization and safety measures necessary.

Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi explained to Clifford the efforts done by Pakistan government to improve the aviation sector. He emphasized on reforms made to upgrade the standards of PIA, the national carrier.

IATA official complimented the work done by government and called them “an unavoidable step”.

He said, “PIA is recuperating its position and we hope that it will be sustaining its status with dignity.”

In the meeting, the gaps in the technology sector of aviation industry were identified. Points were put forward where PIA can improve. It was decided that steps should be taken to help the airline meet global standards.

PIA is struggling financially. The airline is losing Rs3.1 billion per month. Its Golf-based competitors have overtaken its market shares. Recently the airline stopped flights to New York as well due to limited money. So steps are needed to get PIA back in shape, otherwise, the airline might just die down.

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