Financially crippled PIA cancels domestic, international flights


Islamabad/Lahore June 14 (TNS): The national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airline (PIA), is in the news, every now and then, almost for all the wrong reasons: delayed flights, overloaded aircraft, recovery of contraband (heroin, hashish etc), stubbornness of pilots, crude behaviour of the crew, with the airline reeling under a total financial mess.

Because of the malaises mentioned above, the national flag-carrier is fasting losing its domestic and international travellers, as on a single day on Wednesday, the PIA cancelled 17 domestic and international flights. A PIA representative gave the explanation that “less booking and reservations in the first 15 days of the fasting month (Ramazan) resulted in flight cancellations”. The official did not elaborate how much losses the cancellation would incur on the airliner.

Several domestic flights from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Rahim Yar Khan were cancelled while international flights to Oslo, Manchester and Abu Dhabi were also cancelled.

The official further claimed that passengers have been informed in advance about the new schedule and adjustment of flights. Sadiq Khan, who was travelling to Dubai, told the TNS that he had no other option but to catch another flight to travel abroad as he had some pressing business engagement. “I would definitely ask the PIA administration to return my money and keep their ticket. It’s not my fault,” he said shrugging his shoulders.