PIA slashes fares ‘by 50 per­cent’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines (PIA) has an­nounced a re­duc­tion in its fares on do­mes­tic and ma­jor in­ter­na­tional flights, in­clud­ing Umra fares, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to sta­bilise un­re­al­is­tic hike in fares and to fa­cil­i­tate its val­ued cus­tomers.

PIA spokesper­son Daniyal Gi­lani con­firmed to me­dia that fares have been re­duced by up to 50 per cent. Fares on Karachi- Is­lam­abad- Karachi and Karachi- La­horeKarachi are now be start­ing at Rs7,500 while re­turn tick­ets for Umra would start from Rs54,500 for pas­sen­gers from La­hore/ Is­lam­abad and Rs44,500 for pas­sen­gers from Karachi.

The re­duc­tion in fares comes a day af­ter the Joint ac­tion Com­mit­tee (JAC) of Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines (PIA) em­ploy­ees an­nounced the end of its strike against the pro­posed pri­vati­sa­tion of the na­tional flag car­rier and asked em­ploy­ees to re­sume flight op­er­a­tions across the coun­try with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Pri­vate car­ri­ers had al­legedly hiked their fares dur­ing the du­ra­tion of the strike by the na­tional car­rier. The Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan has taken no­tice of the fare hike by pri­vate car­ri­ers.

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