Nasir Jamal Malik, PIA’s Country Manager to China, Hong Kong, and Macau, has said that the feasibility report for the launch of a new flight of the national flag carrier to the Chinese city of Guangzhou has been completed and submitted for approval.
“According to the feasibility report, the proposed direct flight is economically viable and it is expected to cater to the needs of the business community of both Pakistan and China.”
He pointed out that Guangzhou is one of the most important cities of China and provides huge trade, investment and joint venture opportunities for the Pakistani businessmen and added that the direct air links between more cities of Pakistan and China will also help promote trade and people to people contact.
The country manager informed that the business community has also been demanding a plan for launching a direct flight to Guangzhou. While a private airline is operating twice a week flights for Guangzhou, it is not enough to cater to the needs of businessmen.
About the operation of PIA’s Islamabad-Beijing-Tokyo flight, he said currently two flights are operating in a week and each flight is transporting around 12-13 tons of cargo alongside the passengers.
Nasir Jamal disclosed that the national flag carrier is providing 17 percent discount on airfare to Pakistani students studying in China, adding that even students up to 40 years of age are availing this facility.
PIA is the only airline which is providing 40-kg baggage facility to its customers, he added.
To a question about the delays in departure of Beijing-Islamabad flight, he said the management is helpless in this regard, adding that the PIA flights originate from Tokyo and often get delayed departure clearance due to traffic congestion. This flight also faces further delays at the Beijing airport due to heavy air traffic.