PIA starts flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Monday launched flights to Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A spokesperson for the national flag carrier expressed pleasure over the inception of PIA’s new flight operations and said there would be twice-weekly flights from Lahore to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, a news channel reported.

“The Lahore-Kuala Lumpur flight has resumed after two years,” the spokesperson added. “The flight will have a stopover in Bangkok.”

Earlier, the airline announced plans to expand its fleet with the induction of four new aircraft that would fly on Sialkot-Barcelona and Lahore-Bangkok routes.

“The national carrier has embarked on a fleet enhancement plan and soon it will expand its network to gain access around the world,” said PIA President and CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik in November.

“We have already started operating on Sialkot-Sharjah and Lahore-Muscat routes and results are very encouraging.”

He continued that the airline planned to strictly follow a route rationalisation policy and new viable routes would be introduced later in the year.

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In October, PIA announced the induction of two new aircraft into its fleet by early next year. The move was aimed at slashing losses and increasing profit as the airline’s liabilities continued to mount.

The airline management floated a tender for two A320 aircraft, which were at the evaluation phase and were to be acquired on dry lease in accordance with rules of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

The dry lease will be for a period of six to eight years and then the airline can acquire a new updated aircraft. -APP