KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has resumed operations on the Muscat route after a gap of over one year, after the airlines expected heavy traffic on the route.
The PIA Spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar said on Sunday, 18 November that the decision was taken after anticipating high traffic flow on the route. He said that a PIA flight, PK229, took off from Lahore Airport for Oman on Saturday, 17 November, carrying around 141 passengers.
The spokesperson said that the national flag carrier would operate two weekly flights on Saturday and Sunday. With introduction of these flights, PIA would have a total of nine flights to Muscat with seven others operating from Peshawar, Turbat and Gwadar.
He said the decision to widen the business network came directly from PIA President and Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik, who ordered the commercial department to follow a robust strategy to increase the airline’s market access and revenues.
Air Marshal Arshad Malik, in a statement, said that the national airline will rise to glory with the provision of facilities to passengers. He said it is also being planned to start flight operation from Lahore to some more foreign destination.