KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will start direct flights to the United States (US) from April 2020 as preparation has entered into its final phase.
The national flag-carrier will initiate direct flights between Pakistan-US from the month of April next year and the PIA administration has sought permission from American officials for it besides providing related documents and plans, reported ARY News.
PIA will utilise its long-range Boeing 777 aircraft for the flight operations to the US. Recently, a team of homeland security of US had visited Pakistan to overview of the arrangements for direct flights at Islamabad and Karachi airports.
Moreover, US transport security authority had also concluded its audit of PIA planes and security measures on the airports. The officials of the security agency had expressed their satisfaction over the security arrangements, claimed the report.
The administration of the national flag-carrier is seeking formal permission from the US authorities to commence direct flights from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. According to the published report, the development came forth after the successful visit of PIA chief executive officer to the US where he had met high-level officials from aviation, airport authority, TSA and others.
In March, American authorities had green- lightened Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for the direct flight operations to the United States (US).
The development follows, after a meeting of the Consul General of the United States of America JoAnne Wagner with the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Arshad Malik, at the PIA headquarters.
The national flag carrier had shut its direct flight operations to the US owing to financial losses of the organisation. JoAnne Wagner had assured to contact the relevant authorities for direct flights to certain US cities from Pakistan.
The administration of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had started the implementation of its business plan in October focusing the strategy to make the national entity into a profitable organisation, the report claims.