Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Air Marshal (Retd) Arshad Malik said the overall situation of the national airline’s infrastructure has improved dramatically over the past year. He stated this while addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here on Monday(02/12/19). The PIA CEO said two new aircraft had been added to the fleet after a period of five years, which would start flight operations from Tuesday(03/12/19).
Arshad Malik said the PIA rehabilitation process was going forward successfully, as all decisions were made on merit. He said all of the PIA‘s national and international flight routes were being simplified to boost the national flag carrier. He said the PIA‘s international direct flights between Sialkot and Madina (Saudi Arabia) would soon start.
The PIA CEO said the airline and the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate each other in the next two weeks. He showed interest in starting direct international passenger and cargo flights from Sialkot International Airport to Frankfurt-Germany from PIA to facilitate SialkotSialkot exporters to reach the Scandinavian countries including Norway, Sweden via Frankfurt-Germany.
SCCI President Malik Muhammad Ashraf, Senior Vice President (SVP) Khurram Azeem Khan, Vice President (VP) Chaudhry Jalil Aslam, senior officials of the SCCI, Chairman of the airline, Air Sial, Fazal Jillani, Chairman of the Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) Nadeem Anwar Qureshi, Chairman of the SIAL Business Development Committee Mian Naeem Javaid, senior officials of the PIA and leading travel professionals were the SCCI Group.