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  • PIA is in talks with the neighbouring nation to increase its flight operations to Afghanistan’s different locations.
  • It’s aiming to extend the cargo enterprise to facilitate commerce between the 2 international locations.
  • PIA chief additionally urged Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan to make sure swift assured visa for PIA passengers coming to Pakistan.

KABUL: Aiming to improve cargo enterprise to facilitate commerce between the 2 international locations, the Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) is in talks with the neighbouring nation to increase its flight operations to Afghanistan’s different locations.

In response to a press release issued by the nationwide flag provider, PIA Chief Govt officer (CEO) Air Marshal (Retd) Arshad Malik met Afghan Aviation Head, Dr Qasim Wafaizada, in Kabul and mentioned avenues for rising air hyperlinks between the 2 international locations. 

The highest PIA official knowledgeable Afghan authorities that PIA was planning to begin flights to/from Kandahar and Mazar Shareef and was exploring avenues for rising air cargo operations.

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Assured visa for PIA passengers coming to Pakistan

PIA chief additionally urged Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan to make sure swift assured visa for PIA passengers coming to Pakistan throughout his go to to Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul.

He additionally met with officers of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Trade and proposed increasing PIA’s community to the enterprise facilities of Afghanistan.

Enduring losses over billions, the nationwide flag provider has been struggling financially for a very long time after numerous flights had been grounded  in March final 12 months due to the on-going pandemic.

Nevertheless, in response to the PIA’s turnaround plan, the 12 months “2020 could be a break-even 12 months adopted by a return to profitability in 2023.

The plan, which has not been made public, famous that PIA’s share of worldwide flight site visitors into Pakistan had fallen to 27% in 2019 down from 42% just a few years earlier. 

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