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Pakistan International Airlines Seeks Consulate General’s Help For Having Direct Flights To US Destinations

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KARACHI– Pakistan International Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik has officially requested the United States to give the airline direct access to New York, Chicago and Houston for economic viability.

He put up the request to Consulate General of United States in Karachi Ms JoAnne Wagner who visited PIA head-office here on Wednesday.

She was accompanied by senior officials of diplomatic corps of US Consulate. She held useful talks with PIA team led by CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik.

“While flying to US via any en-route transit makes the flight economics unviable, so we request for direct flights to US cities,” Mr Malik said.

The PIA CEO briefed the delegation about PIA’s plan to expand its fleet by acquisition of new aircraft, saying the security situation in country has improved tremendously and relevant aviation and security agencies of foreign countries of Europe and Canada have shown their confidence over the recent developments.

He apprised the US delegation about getting certification and approvals from IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and other agencies. He said that with opening of New Islamabad International Airport the security concerns have been tackled at all levels.

“Resumption of British Airways and other western carriers is proof of it.”

Mr Malik said he expects level playing field for all stakeholders in the forthcoming National Aviation Policy.

Ms Wagnor assured PIA that she would contact the relevant US departments in resolving PIA issues including having direct access to US main land. “

“We are optimistic about relations to grow in future between both countries, said US Consulate General.”

She said the USA is very keen to improve and strengthen the ties between both countries especially the business and trade relations, adding significant potential exists between both countries to grow.

Ms Wagnor took deep interest in the performance of PIA and asked questions about airline’s future plans.- (PRESS RELEASE)