PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:08 pm

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Water salute given at Sialkot International Airport to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) inaugural flight PK-720 from Paris via Barcelona performed by airline's Boeing 777-200ER (aircraft registration AP-BHX).

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AP-BHX served by passenger boarding bridge at Sialkot International Airport.

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Passengers greeted by Aviation Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro.

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Aviation Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro addressing the ceremony arranged to celebrate inaugural flights linking Sialkot with Paris and Barcelona.

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar addressing the ceremony.

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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:20 pm

PIA Boeing 777-200ER registration AP-BHX is airborne as airline's inaugural flight PK-769/770 from Sialkot to Barcelona via Paris.

It's the first direct flight to Europe from Sialkot.

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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:30 pm

PIA Launches Flights Linking Sialkot with Paris and Barcelona

Karachi, January 20, 2019:
PIA adds 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, PIA flight PK-720 with 300 plus passengers arrived in Sialkot at 12:00 PM from Paris via Barcelona same day. The passengers on arrival were overwhelmingly joyous and raised slogans ‘PIA Zindabad'.

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A simple but impressive ceremony was held at Sialkot International Airport on the launch of the flight. Federal Minister for Privatization and Aviation, Muhammad Mian Soomro was the Chief Guest. In his speech he congratulated and praised PIA for the sincere efforts in launching flight from Sialkot. He said that there is great potential for exports from Sialkot and the business community should take the advantage and government will support them. He said that the aviation policy is being revised which will facilitate public and private enterprises and be equally beneficial.

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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 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, Airport Station Manager Tariq Gulzar, PIA Lahore Public Relations Manager Athar Awan and Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) officials.

Source: PIA Press Release
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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by alimirfin » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:36 pm

How was the passenger's response, I mean the passenger load on this route? Kindly share if anybody knows

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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by BJ911 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:54 pm

alimirfin wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:36 pm
How was the passenger's response, I mean the passenger load on this route? Kindly share if anybody knows
Europe to Sialkot seat factor was 90% plus having 306 passengers out of 330 seats available on AP-BHX. Return leg operated by same aircraft to Europe carried around 300 passengers as well.

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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by ammad » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:49 pm

It is good and very very convenient for people of SialKot, but will this load factor sustain and one weekly flight usually cause losses.
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Re: PIA to Start Flights from Sialkot to Paris & Barcelona

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:59 pm

Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) advertisement in a magazine informing readers about PIA flights that link Sialkot with Paris & Barcelona.

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