Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Etihad Airways have renewed their codeshare agreement, allowing passengers access to each airline route.
According to a PIA spokesperson, under the codeshare partnership, the customers of the national flag carrier could also travel on the flights of Etihad Airways across the globe. In return, he added, PIA will facilitate the passengers of Etihad Airways on Abu Dhabi-Pakistan route.
“The accord will come into effect from 26th November.”
The spokesperson said that the code-share deal would see Etihad place its ‘EY’ code on PIA’s services between Abu Dhabi and Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar while PIA will place its ‘PK’ code on Etihad’s services between Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore, and Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the announcement, Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said, “The UAE and Pakistan share strong historical, commercial and cultural links and this partnership with PIA, one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in Asia, is a natural progression for both carriers. It enables us to cater to the strong customer demand for both point-to-point business and visual flight rules travel between the UAE and major cities in Pakistan, and to provide seamless travel options for the large Pakistani diaspora around the world, connecting through our hub in Abu Dhabi.”
For his part, PIA Chief Commercial Officer Nausherwan Adil stated that this is indeed a great opportunity for PIA to join hands with Etihad Airways, connecting Pakistan to UAE and around the globe and expanding reach to more destinations for the convenience of valued passengers.