PIA Wants to Make New Islamabad International Airport as its Hub
CEO PIA Dr. Musharraf Rasool Cyan said the new Islamabad airport could be the new hub Pakistan desperately needs as it looks to boost tourism after losses due to terrorism, and a precarious security situation turned away local as well as foreign tourists.
“We want to make (the new) Islamabad airport a hub,” Cyan said, adding the airport would cater to passengers travelling from Europe, Africa as well as China and Asia Pacific countries.
“If we find it appropriate, we would improve connectivity (through code sharing) with other airlines,” he said.
The PIA chief executive said the national carrier – for long a burden on Pakistan’s fiscal operations – would play a major role in determining the success of the new Islamabad airport. “It has been observed that airports and airlines are grown side by side … PIA would remain the key airline for Islamabad, which would remain only a terminal destination for foreign airlines,” he said.
These days, PIA is developing its office and booth at the airport with a recently extended credit line of Rs13.5 billion from commercial banks and backed by state sovereign guarantee.