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PIA urged to restore old flight schedule

FAISALABAD – FCCI executive member and former chairman of its committee for PIA, Zafar Iqbal Sarwar, has urged the national carrier to give a serious consideration to the demands of the business community of the third largest city of Pakistan that stands second in terms of revenue generation for the national exchequer.
The business community of Faisalabad is fed up with the repeated assurances of the Paklistan International Ailines (PIA) authorities that they will restore the old flight schedule between Faisalabad and Karachi but there is no result”, he said. “The PIA flight service between Faisalabad and Karachi is quite dissatisfactory, inconvenient and terrible owing to its odd timings that are suitable to none, he said.
He demanded the restoration of the old schedule to end the miseries of the businessmen who have to travel frequently from Faisalabad to Karachi. He regretted that their reasonable demands are being ignored by the PIA. Referring to the former schedule, Zafar Iqbal said there were a total of 14 flights per week from Faisalabad to Karachi that comprised daily a morning and an evening flight.
It was possible for a trader or a businessman to go to Karachi in the morning and return the same day in the evening after spending his working day in Karachi to settle his business and official deals. As per the current schedule, the total number of weekly flights has decreased from 14 to 9. There is a daily flight arriving from Karachi at 11am that returns to Karachi in the afternoon.
There is no flight from Karachi to Faisalabad after 9:30am, so one has to wait for the next day to board a return flight to Faisalabad. Under the circumstances, those who need to travel to Karachi for a few hours in the morning are required to stay in Karachi for two nights. He stressed the need to launch a weekly direct flight for Jeddah for those desirous of performing Umra.
He also demanded Hajj flights from Faisalabad. Another FCCI member, Engineer Rizwan Ashraf, also highlighted the problems faced by Faisalabad-based businessmen towards travelling to Karachi by PIA. He urged the PIA to respond to the demand of passengers and revise its schedule.
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