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PIA makes arrangements to launch direct Faisalabad-Jeddah flights


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has ensured an air cargo quota of 1.5 tonnes to guarantee a regular and direct Faisalabad to Karachi service that will reduce travel time from eight hours to 5.5 hours. From Karachi the flights could connect with international destinations.
In a meeting with Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) president Syed Zia Alumdar Hussain, PIA district manager Qaiser Iqbal recalled a series of PIA conferences, specifically focused on the air cargo shipment facility for Faisalabad, reported The Express Tribune, Karachi.
He pointed out that 1,000 tonnes of air cargo was available in Faisalabad based on conservative estimates. "Of this, only 400 tonnes are directly exported through the Faisalabad airport while the remaining was routed through Lahore and Sialkot airports," he said.
He termed the allocation of 1.5-tonne quota a positive sign, which would help PIA assess the availability of air cargo with projections of increase in the days to come.
Furthermore, Mr Hussain noted that it would assist the airline in enhancing capacity for air cargo, leading to inception of dedicated freight services from Faisalabad.
"Currently, 500,000 people travel from the Faisalabad airport every year and we expect the number to jump to 800,000 within the next couple of years," he said.
Mr Hussain also called on the carrier to commence direct flights from Faisalabad to Dubai and London as there was sufficient demand.

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