The Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) Karachi Head Office is being shifted to Islamabad, according to media reports.
An English daily has quoted aviation sources and reported that the preparations for the relocation process are in full swing, and a framework plan in this regard is now on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s table for approval.
The development holds significance because the PIA management had categorically denied any such development when it was reported last year.
As per Aviation Division sources, the old Benazir International Airport’s terminal building will be used as the head office while the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will use its car parking for commercial purposes.
The source praised the CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik for his role in the process, saying that several meetings with PIA boss helped realize the idea of relocating the head office to Islamabad.
So far, several PIA departments, including the Procedure Bureau, Marketing Department, Central Reservation Control, Revenue Management, HR and Security and Vigilance Department, have already been shifted to the federal capital. However, its finance and engineering departments are still operating from Karachi.
In a separate development, the Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, has announced to add three more planes to the PIA fleet very soon.
He said that four PIA planes were grounded when Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government came into power. Two of them were repaired indigenously at the cost of $3 million. They will be back in the air soon, while another new plane would be added by the end of the current month.