Greetings: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Sunday launched Sialkot-Paris flights, reported by local news channel. The first flight (PK-720) reached at the Sialkot airport from Paris. Upon coming, the flight was welcomed with water cannon salute. Minister for Aviation Muhammad Mian Soomro was also present at the airport to welcome the passengers.
Speaking on the ceremony, he promised to make the national flag carrier one of the best airlines of the world. A day before, PIA representative said that new flights will help to increase exports from the industrial city.
Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier on 1st January had directed the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chairman to devise a complete business plan to overcome losses.
Chairing a high-level meeting on reforms in PIA, the prime minister had said that the government wanted to make national flag carrier a profit-generating and independent airline.
PIA officials informed the prime minister that the total losses of PIA were Rs. 414.3bn. They had told the meeting that PIA is facing a deficit of 500 million rupees on seven international routes in addition to loss on domestic routes.