Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pakistan to get three more domestic airlines

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Dec 10, 2011

Indus Air, lead by Karakoram Motors, Abdul Wahab, Bhoja Air (Arshad Jalil as its managing director) and Pearl Air may launch flights in 2012 on domestic routes, said an official of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The new entrants will compete with national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Air Blue and Shaheen Air in the domestic domain.

Indus Air, a new entrant, was recently awarded a licence to fly. Bhoja Air is re-launching its operations after a gap of 12 years. Pearl Air was issued a licence in the 1990s.

With railways not the best option, domestic air travel in Pakistan increased to 3.6 million in fiscal 2011 compared to 3.5 million in fiscal 2010.

The three airlines will work under stricter controls said an official. “None of the new airlines or the ones renewing operations will be allowed to fly on foreign routes for at least a year.”

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