Pakistan International Airlines is planning to close down its services for three European destinations after the suspension of the New York flight. The news came as a shock for the nation. The airline claims that the losses incurred by it are in billions. Due to the ever-declining services offered by the airline fifty percent of the international passengers’ load is taken up by the international airlines.
The suspension of the New York route by PIA was taken heavily by people and now the suspension of three more routes is really saddening. The decision has been made as the airline cannot cope with the losses it is getting on these routes because of the competition from international airlines.
Capt. Khalid Hamza—President PALPA (Pakistan Airline Pilot Association) called this decision a “big blunder” and shows a lack of commercial aviation experience by the present management of PIA. PALPA would be briefing the Senate and National Assembly about the disasters and the shrinkage in PIA’s network.
The new suspended routes are of Barcelona (Spain), Paris (France) and Milan (Italy).
It is important to mention that PIA has already suspended its operation in the following profitable routes:
All these are high tourist attraction sights. Suspending flights on these routes for sure would have affected the airline business heavily.
The flag carrier airline is also experiencing losses on a number of local flights as well like
Still, the services are being provided for non-commercial reasons.
From sources in Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) it is learned that from Karachi alone the capacity of international flag carriers of the United Arab Emirate is five thousand seats per day. Emirates is taking fifty percent market share of these daily seven flights from Karachi to Dubai.
According to reports, a loss amounting to rupees four billion is being faced by the PIA. Sardar Mehtab Abbasi—Prime Minister’s Advisor on Aviation said that the nobody is ready to own the airline neither its management nor the employees and government.
He believes, however, that the airline has the potential of rising and reclaiming its lost status by bringing in some needed changes and by using the talents and resources to maximum potential.