PIA gets green signal to operate direct flights to United States


After 2 years of negotiation, the PIA has got a green nod for direct flights to the United States.
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After 2 years of negotiation, the PIA has received a green nod for direct flights to the United States.

For the primary time in its aviation historical past, Pakistan’s cash-strapped nationwide service – Pakistan International Airlines – has been given permission by the US authorities to enter America straight, PTI reported quoting PIA spokesperson. A press release issued by the US Department of Transportation allowed Pakistan International Airlines to operate 12 flights in a month. The permission will expire on April 29, 2021, Dawn News reported.

Until now, the PIA had to cross by way of safety checks at airports in Europe and Britain earlier than getting into the United States – owing to the latter’s safety rules, the Express Tribune reported. “This is the first time Pakistan’s national flag carrier will be operating direct flights to the US,” airline’s spokesman Abdullah Hafeez stated on Thursday night time.

The spokesman additionally stated that the airline had no planes and capability to fly straight to the US prior to the 9/11 terror assault when after the dual tower assaults the US authorities banned direct flights from Pakistan due to safety up till now. The terror assaults killed 2,977 individuals, together with 40 Indians, when al-Qaeda terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the dual towers of the World Trade Centre.

The PIA will likely be certain to inform the transportation division, in writing, of the route it took for any passenger or cargo chartered flights a minimum of 5 enterprise days after the operation.

For any passenger flight, which is headed to the US from a vacation spot outdoors Pakistan, the PIA can have to inform, in writing, the transportation division of the route it’s taking three enterprise days earlier than the operation. Owing to safety considerations, the US had not allowed any direct flight that originated from a Pakistani airport into its airspace. In October 2017, the PIA discontinued its flights to the US due to rising operational prices and in a bid to reduce losses it had been dealing with.

However, PIA officers have been making an attempt to acquire clearance from the US and negotiations have been underway for the previous two years, PTI report stated. In March this yr, a US Transportation Security Administration staff visited Pakistan to conduct a closing safety inspection.

Cash-strapped PIA has been operating into enormous monetary losses. For years, the airline with 18,000 plus worker and a fleet of 32 aeroplanes has solely been including billions to its loss sheets.

The PIA confronted an enormous loss value Rs 180 million (USD 1.1 million), in accordance to Pakistani media studies. The aviation is the worst-hit sector by the coronavirus pandemic with air visitors, barring cargo and navy planes, coming to a standstill. 

PTI Inputs 

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