PIA passengers will now be able to pay for their air tickets at any Easypaisa shop, Telenor Pakistan Sales & Service Center, Tameer Bank branch or from their own mobile phones via an Easypaisa Mobile Account.
An agreement between PIA and Tameer Microfinance Bank for the provision of the services was signed by Nadeem Hussain, President Tameer Microfinance Bank and Managing Director PIA, Captain Nadeem Khan Yousufzai. The signing ceremony was held at PIA Head Office and attended by officials of Tameer Bank, PIA, and Telenor Pakistan.
Managing Director PIA Captain Nadeem Yousufzai while sharing his comments on the occasion said that PIA passengers will now have an added advantage of Paying for tickets through Easypaisa outlets across Pakistan.
“PIA passengers’ comfort and convenience has always been the airline’s priority and this agreement is another facility being offered to passengers. Currently, passengers have the facility of buying PIA tickets from PIA Booking Offices, PIA’s website and airline travel agents. The new facility will expand to facilitate our valued customers,” he said.
Nadeem Hussain, in his comments following the agreement, said:
“Easypaisa is delighted to become a partner with PIAC as payment solution provider for their customers, offering them our unique branchless banking facility. Unlike conventional payment services, Easypaisa services are available round the clock and offer customers an alternative payment process which is secure, reliable, and efficient. We are sure that PIA customers will find it more convenient than ever to use Easypaisa outlets when paying for their air tickets.”
As a result of the agreement, a PIA passenger, after getting a PNR (reservation) by calling PIA Call Centre at 111-786-786, will be able to pay at any Easypaisa outlet and get the ticket issued. The receipt and confirmation will be communicated to the customer through an SMS. Passengers will be able to get a print from any of PIA Sales counter throughout Pakistan or from PIA offices at an airport. This can be done anytime even on the day of the flight.
The facility is expected to be launched by January 1, 2012.
Easypaisa, was launched jointly by Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Microfinance Bank in 2009. Since then, it has helped provide people across Pakistan with access to convenient and secure financial services.
Today, Easypaisa services are available at over 12,000 outlets in 550 cities. Telenor Pakistan holds a majority share in Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited (TMBL), licensed by State Bank of Pakistan. TMBL is the first bank to have approval to conduct branchless banking business in Pakistan.