Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has suspended oil supply to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), causing a disturbance in its flight operation at Allama Iqbal International Airport.
As per reports, PSO halted fuel supply to the national flag carrier due to the non-payment of impending dues. As a result, PIA’s flight PK-305 (Lahore-Karachi) and PK-652 (Lahore-Islamabad) were canceled at Lahore airport.
PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar issued a statement on Tuesday in this regard. He said that the flights were stopped due to non-provision of oil. He, however, mentioned that both national organizations are holding talks to resolve the conflict.
This is the second time in one year that the state-owned oil company has suspended the fuel supply to the national flag-carrier.
In November last year, PSO had taken the extreme step after PIA failed to clear its dues. Resultantly, several flights at Lahore and Karachi airport were canceled, causing a lot of trouble for passengers and financial damage to the national airline. The supplies were later resumed after intervention from the federal government.
As per PSO sources, PIA consumes Rs. 340 million worth of fuel on a daily basis. The airline’s total arrears to PSO amount to Rs. 17 billion.