On Thursday, Air Marshal Arshad Malik CEO of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) revealed the plan of commencing flight operation to Turkey from August.
Arshad Malik sought the assistance from Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi Pakistani Ambassador to Turkey while deciding the commencement of the flight operations to Turkey.
CEO Arshad Malik sent a letter to Qazi in which he mentioned that PIA is deciding to begin flights to Turkey from August.
In order to resume flight operations, Pakistan needs approval from the Turkish aeronautical authority. The management of PIA also sent a letter to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Istanbul asking them for the clearance of flight schedule.
The letter also read that PIA has an agreement signed with the Pegasus Airline of Turkey on the subject of code sharing of commercial flights. But the implementation of the agreement got delayed because of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Arshad Malik also asked the Turkish Embassy to help the management of PIA in clearing flight schedules.
Earlier in February, Pegasus Airlines of Turkey broadcasted its plan to initiate flights to Pakistan.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) received a statement according to which the flights were going to be launched from the 28th of March.
CAA provided an official travel notification to the Pegasus Airlines for flight operations. As per the notification, the flights will be operating between Karachi and Istanbul 4 times a week.
This move was initiated after the visit of the Turkish President Erdogan to Pakistan.
An Air Services Agreement has been signed between Pakistan and Turkey back in 1972. According to the agreement, Air Blue and PIA will operate in Turkey and the Pegasus and Turkish Airlines will be operating in Pakistan. The last memorandum was signed on 20th October 2015.
One more agreement was signed between the 2 countries according to which PIA will operate in Ankara, Istanbul, and 4 other cities and the airlines of Turkey will operate in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Faisalabad, Quetta, Sialkot, and Multan.
In total, the designated airlines of both the countries are allowed to operate 47 flights which includes; 14 weekly frequencies between Karachi and Istanbul, 7 between Islamabad and Istanbul, 6 between Lahore and Istanbul, 4 between Sialkot and Istanbul, 4 between Quetta and Istanbul and 4 between Faisalabad and Istanbul.