By Staff writer
DOha airline says it will launch more flights to Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan in the summer
Qatar Airways has announced the launch dates of three new passenger routes in Pakistan as part of the airline’s continued expansion strategy.
Beginning July 16, the Doha-based airline will begin four weekly services to Sialkot where it already operates freighter services three times a week.
Sialkot marks Qatar Airways’ first new passenger route to Pakistan since 2004, it said in a statement.
A day later, Qatar Airways said it will add Faisalabad to its Pakistan network with three flights a week, and from August 1, Qatar Airways will launch three flights a week to Multan.
Qatar Airways currently operates 45 flights a week spread across four cities in Pakistan – double daily flights to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, and three flights a week to Peshawar.
Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We have had a well-established operation in Pakistan for many years, but have always been looking to expand more, and now thanks to new agreements in place between the relevant authorities, we will soon enjoy significantly greater capacity between Qatar and Pakistan.”
Qatar Airways said it will operate an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of up to 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 in Economy Class on all the new routes to Pakistan.
Very shrewd move by Qatar airways, the Mulatan and Faiasalabad routes especially is under-served at the moment with massive pent up demand from when PIA cut services to Dubai.
Travelling to the major international airports in Pakistan is arduous and I wish Qatar most success in bringing much desired connectivity to wider Pakistan.
Good strategy on the part of Qatar Airways, always on the look out to enhance network frequency.
PIA appears to be on the decline, less operational aircraft and declining team morale, major contributing factors, to it' present state. Very unfortunate for PIA, once a good standing airline of Asia, with many pioneering aviation feats to it's credit.