By the end of the current month, the national air carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be resuming flights on the Faisalabad-Dubai and Multan-Dubai routes.
A PIA official said, “Flights on these routes had been halted seven to eight years ago.”
There were two reasons due to which PIA stopped operating on the two routes. One of the reason was that UAE’s Emirates airline started operating direct flights on these routes and created tough competition for PIA. PIA used to flew passengers through Karachi on these routes, thus people started preferring direct Emirates flights. Two, because PIA did not have enough aircraft to continue operations on these routes.
PIA recently decided to include two new aircraft to its fleet. The plan of the national air carrier is to add one aircraft in October’s last week and the other by mid-November.
Both of these aircraft will be narrow-body with a seating capacity of 160 passengers.
Passengers from both Faisalabad and Multan usually travel to Dubai as their final destination, without travelling further. Thus PIA has decided to again compete on these routes.
On October 31st, the first direct flight will depart from Faisalabad to reach Dubai. It is reported that PIA has already started selling tickets for its first resumed flight to Faisalabad.
Two direct flights on every Thursday and Saturday will be run on the Faisalabad-Dubai route.