PIA Under Fire For Closing Strategic Routes – Research Snipers

PIA Under Fire For Closing Strategic Routes

A statement made by Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) at the meeting of the executive committee said that PIA closing its NewYork route is a huge blunder and a poor decision made by the airline. It would have a long-lasting impact on the commercial and financial assets of the airlines. Also, it will damage the reputation of the airline further. The executive committee decided to approach Senate and NA standing committees and tell them about the terrible impact of closing routes of the network. Glasgow, Frankfurt, Chicago routes are closed, also PIA keeps going through a loss on domestic routes including Gilgit, Chitral, Skardu, Gwadar, Pasni, and Zhob

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Palpa President Capt. Khalid Hamza said, “The current management does not have commercial aviation experience and should not have even thought of closing down this route because once it’s gone it would not be reclaimed and the traffic once diverted towards other carriers will not be attracted back as is the case of Mid-East diaspora which has been shifted on Gulf carriers from many major and smaller cities of Pakistan. PIA is being systematically ruined due to vested interest, we had these prestigious landing rights since 1952 and PIA was the first Asian airline to operate transatlantic flights on a jet airplane. This is a strategic route, though less-profitable, no airline in such cut-throat competition makes a huge profit on these routes, rather the presence of your country’s flag there is considered more important. Political appointments at the top in PIA have been taking non-aviation decisions against fleet planning and management. The management should have opted for using extended range 777 on the Manchester-New York route to keep the route intact and use long range 777 on profitable Toronto route. The blurred vision of the higher management of the airline is working on the contrary and is planning further closures like Barcelona, Milan, and Paris. Indecision and poor decisions at the top level had several far-reaching and unpleasant outcomes and one wrong decision make the airline suffer for years as many of us have witnessed in the recent years. Decisions like recent premier services and leasing an aircraft $ 2700 per hour when private airlines are leasing the same aircraft $ 1800 per hour can only muster kickbacks rather than profitability, are a glaring example of poor decisions.”