KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) on Thursday announced to start three weekly flights from Karachi to Iraq’s Najaf city.
“We are proud to be the only airline from Pakistan flying directly/non-stop to the holy city of Najaf. 3 weekly flights are starting from September 14 from Karachi with convenient connections to and from all over Pakistan,” read a PIA statement.
PIA will initially operate three flights a week from Karachi to Najaf providing connections from major cities of Pakistan with convenient timings. The tickets are available for sale effective from Wednesday August 23, 2017.
PIA will provide through check-in for passengers traveling from major cities of Pakistan. Passengers will now be able to travel from their respective cities without the hassle of long waits and will get their luggage at their final destination.
The soft launch of flight was held at PIA Head Office on the finalization of flight operations.
Chief Executive Officer PIA Nayyar Hayat while sharing his views on the commencement of flights to Najaf said that it is yet another first in the long list of achievements.
He said that the concept is to provide convenient, seamless connection – through check-in from the major cities of Pakistan for Najaf flights from Karachi of course on competitive fares. Passengers who used to travel through other means with long wait for connections will now be able to fly PIA with through check-in facility, he added.
Hayat said that PIA aims to improve its service standards based on customers’ and travel agents’ feedback so that the service gaps must be filled while incorporating the availability and demand factors.
He congratulated PIA marketing and passenger handling departments in particular, Senior General Manager Marketing Tahir Niaz for the efforts made in making it possible.
“With the induction of more aircraft in PIA fleet, we plan to add more destinations to our network,” he said.
Chief Commercial Officer PIA Bilal Munir Sheikh said that PIA will make all out efforts to provide best services to its passengers and was pleased to see that the Marketing department of the airline has finalised the launch of flights to Najaf.