PIA is Struggling Because of Open Skies Policy: PM Advisor

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, while speaking at the national flag carrier’s marketing conference, stated that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suffered major losses due to the open skies policy. He added that no foreign country or airline is granted any additional rights without justification,

Sardar Mehtab Abbasi said that PIA could only succeed with the support and joint efforts of its employees and advised them to take ownership of their organization. “There is a dire need to eradicate favoritism and promote merit in all spheres of the airline”, he added.

The conference was attended by marketing station heads from domestic and international destinations. The station representatives presented their respective stations’ performance, activities and future plan of action during the conference.

“The PIA must expand its network to cater to the demand that exists in the market”, said Mr. Abbasi.

Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has directed fast track improvements in service delivery for passengers using national airports. “The facilities shall be at par with the major international airports in the world”, stated the Prime Minister while chairing a meeting on matters pertaining to Civil Aviation in Islamabad .

Advisor to PM on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, and Director General, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) briefed the Prime Minister regarding various ongoing projects, particularly the New Islamabad International Airport.

The Prime Minister directed that timelines for completion of projects should be adhered to and no compromise be made on quality of work. The Prime Minister further directed that all projects be undertaken with utmost transparency.