The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has taken the decision to suspend its Air Safari service. The commercial launch of the Air Safari flight was planned, and the present decision has landed as a blow on all those passengers who were anticipatingly waiting to travel the northern areas via this flight.
The opening flight of the service flew from the federal capital to Skardu some days back. As per reports the flight was carrying PIA officers, and their family and friends. Nearly seventy free of cost tickets were given out for the inauguration flight with some taxes applied only to be paid by the passengers, which included Hassan Baig—the Director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The Air Safari service was being introduced after like two decades, with the intent to meet the rising trend of tourism in the country, as Pakistan has been tackling well with terrorism and other security conditions of the country.
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The service was aimed at providing an opportunity to the tourists to visit the mighty peaks of K2 and Nanga Parbat—the Roof of the world, a visit to the most popular Concordia and Baltoro glacier which could be viewed from the B737 aeroplane comfortably. The flights’ service was supposed to be managed from Islamabad and return to the Islamabad after one to forty minutes time.
Mashhood Tajwar—the PIA spokesperson said that the Air Safari service has been discontinued for an undefined period owing to some operational challenges.
A video went viral on social media recently of an argument between the CAA and passengers, indicating the management problems that the Air Safari service possess.
According to the media reports while the service was being planned a feasibility study should have been made, and an extensive sum of money was spent on the flight operations and advertising.
Apparently, the thoughtlessness and mismanagement are believed to be the cause of suspension of Air Safari.