KARACHI: PIA added another destination to its network by launching flight for the sector Sialkot- Barcelona -Paris.
The first flight PK-769 with 290 passengers took off from Sialkot International Airport for Barcelona and Paris on Sunday (January 20).
Earlier, the PIA flight PK-720 with 300 plus passengers arrived Sialkot at 12 noon from Paris via Barcelona same day, a news release of the airlines said here.
A simple but impressive ceremony was held at Sialkot Airport on the launch of the flight.
Federal Minister for Privatization and Aviation, Muhammad Mian Soomro was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his speech, he congratulated and praised PIA for the sincere efforts in launching flight from Sialkot.
He said there was a great potential of exports from Sialkot, adding, the business community should take the advantage and government will support them.
The minister said the aviation policy was being revised which will facilitate public and private enterprises and be equally beneficial.
President & CEO PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik in his message to PIA employees said that this flight will now provide direct connectivity to residents and business community of Sialkot, its adjoining areas and residents in Barcelona and Paris.
He said by launching this flight, Sialkot will also have a great opportunity for its Cargo Business in Europe.
He congratulated on the launch of the flight and instructed all concerned departments to provide best services to the passengers and cargo providers.
Special Assistant to the PM Usman Dar in his address also thanked PIA for commencement of flight.
The passengers were seen off by Minister for Privatization and Aviation, Muhammad Mian Soomro, Secretary Aviation, Shahrukh Nusrat, PIA’s District Manager Sialkot, Muhammad Arif, Station Manager, Tariq Gulzar, Athar Awan Manager PR Lahore, PIA and SIAL officers.