Pakistan and Turkey are taking steps to enhance bilateral cooperation in the aviation sector.
The decision was made during a meeting between Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Yurdakul and Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan in Islamabad, reported Radio Pakistan.
Mustafa Yurdakul said that Turkey is eager to enhance ties with Pakistan in aviation and other sectors.
Talking to the Turkish ambassador, Ghulam Sarwar said,
Pakistan and Turkey are brotherly countries and relations are warm and cordial based on trust and respect. We are thankful to the leadership of Turkey for extending support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.
It is pertinent to mention that the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between Pakistan and Turkey, made in 1972, mentions multiple designated airlines. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Air Blue were the designated airlines of Pakistan whereas Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines were the airlines of Turkey.
The last MoU was signed on October 20, 2015.
Under this agreement, Pakistani Airlines will continue their operations in Istanbul, Ankara and 4 other points while designated airlines of Turkey will be operational in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Quetta, and Sialkot.
Designated airlines of each country are allowed to operate 47 flights. This includes:
- 14 weekly frequencies between Istanbul and Karachi
- 6 weekly flights between Istanbul and Lahore
- 7 between Istanbul and Islamabad
- 4 between Istanbul and Faislabad
- 4 between Istanbul and Quetta
- 4 between Istanbul and Sialkot.
The designated airlines of Pakistan shall be entitled to operate an unlimited number of flights for cargo operations from points in Pakistan to/from Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir based on 3rd, 4th and 5th freedom traffic rights with any type of cargo aircraft.