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PIA decides to operate direct flights to three countries

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines has decided to operate direct flights to Australia, Maldives, and Hong Kong.

PIA chief executive officer Arshad Malik said the national airline had stepped up operations for direct flights to three countries, while PIA also planned to resume flights to Istanbul and Bangkok.

The PIA CEO said that the concerned aviation authorities were also being contacted for resumption of flights to the UK, US, and European countries. Arshad Malik said that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency had informed the Pakistani authorities to conduct an audit. After the approval of the audit, flights to European countries will be resumed.

It may be recalled that the Indian government had yesterday stopped a PIA plane carrying Hindu pilgrims from landing at Jaipur International Airport.

The flight of the national airline was scheduled to carry 160 Hindu pilgrims from Karachi to the Indian city of Jaipur via Lahore on Saturday, which was scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday but could not be done.

Last month, the Indian government barred Pakistan’s national airline from landing at New Delhi International Airport.

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