PIA 4 New Flights From Sharjah

Pakistan’s national carrier adds 4 flights between Sharjah, Pak cities

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 19, 2014

SHARJAH: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan’s national carrier has announced the launch of new flights between Sharjah and four different cities of Pakistan from March 30.
Addressing a community gathering at a function, Syed Ishaq Hussain, regional manager, PIA, said the Pakistani community in Sharjah as well as in the other Northern Emirates would now benefit from the launch of the four new flights to and from Sharjah which will also help the national carrier to retain its status as one of the nation’s major airlines.
“PIA is on the way to revamp and expand its operations with the purchase and lease of a number of new aircraft. The UAE is one of those countries having a large Pakistani population which prefer to use their country’s national carrier to travel to Pakistan,” he said.
The airline has been already operating three flights from Sharjah to Turbat, Balochistan, and from March 30, four new destinations Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Multan will be added to benefit the Pakistani community residing in Sharjah and other Northern Emirates.
“Besides these four new flights, 14 flights presently operating from the Dubai International Airport will be shifted to Sharjah from May 1, as the authorities have announced the closure of a major portion of the airport’s runway for repairs for a couple of months.
“A total of 21 flights will be operating from the Sharjah airport from May 1 and we are confident that the local travel agents will extend their full support as they always have in the past,” he said.
Hussain also said that the Dubai government had asked them to shift their operations to Jebel Ali Airport, a move which would not work to the community’s benefit as most Pakistanis reside in Sharjah and other Northern Emirates.
“To offset this problem, we have decided to shift our 14 major flights from May 1 to Sharjah and benefit the community residing in the Northern Emirates,” he said.
In answer to a question, Hussain assured that they would announce the introduction of new services, including permission to carry extra baggage on payment of Dhs100.
Zafar Imam, Managing Director, Sharjah National Travel & Tourist Agency (Sntta), assured that the travel agents in Sharjah would benefit from the launch of PIA’s new flights from the Emirates.
The function was also attended by Javed Jalil Khattak, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai and Northern Emirates, office bearers of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), community members and a number of travel agents.
“PIA is our own airline and we are happy that four new flights are going to start from Sharjah. The community should support this initiative and use the national carrier which has rich experience as well as great staff,” Khattak added.
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~ by jamilkhan on March 20, 2014.

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