Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reduced its fares on the Gilgit and Skardu to Islamabad routes for both sides, as per a report submitted to the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Supreme Appellate Court (SAC).
The SAC statement issued on Wednesday said that PIA’s General Manager (GM) had informed the court that the national airline has decreased its fares to and from Gilgit and Skardu as opposed to its earlier announcement of only a one-way cut.
Last week, PIA had announced a reduced price of Rs. 6,915 for flights from Islamabad to Skardu and Gilgit. Prior to this, passengers traveling from Gilgit or Skardu to Islamabad paid between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 17,000.
GB locals had expressed resentment for the one-way cut in fares (only from Islamabad to Gilgit/Skardu) as the people of the northern region usually travel south to avoid harsh winters and had been expecting a difference in fares for flights to both sides.
The SAC had taken suo motu notice of the matter earlier this month and a divisional bench of the appellate court had ordered PIA’s GM in Gilgit to completely reduce the fare on the Gilgit/Skardu-Islamabad route.
The bench, headed by the GB Chief Justice, Syed Arshad Hussain Shah, had asked the GM to submit a detailed report on the matter by Wednesday.