PIA to cut flights to Kuwait and Salalah

Pakistan's national carrier will however, increase flights to Jeddah and Medinah

Pakistan International Airlines.
Pakistan International Airlines.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended its flights to Kuwait and Salalah, Oman, citing open skies policy and internal issues as reasons behind the decision, Arabian Business reports.

Additionally, PIA also suspended flights to New York in October, 2017 and reported more $5bn in losses from Marc, 2017. This was after Pakistan opened its aviation sector to foreign airlines, with carriers from Middle East posing the greatest competition, the report added.

“Passengers of flights for Kuwait and Salalah (Oman), which will be temporarily suspended, will be re-accommodated through convenient alternatives. However, the resumption of operations will be considered based upon commercial merit and viability,” the airline company said in a statement.

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However, PIA will adding more flights to Saudi Arabia, mainly Jeddah and Medinah and will add Al-Qasim as a new destination. Flights to Jeddah will increase from 28 to 31 a week, and to Medinah from nine to 10 per week, the report said.

As part of its new business plan, PIA will upgrade the interiors for its existing Boeing 777 fleet and install a new entertainment system as well as introduce a new uniform design for the cabin crew.

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