Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be increasing the flight operations to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and increase the facilities for business community and people of the region for promoting tourism and other sectors.

The decision was taken after the national airline’s CEO Arshad Malik agreed to enhance operations for the region. Malik during a meeting with a delegation of Federation Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said, “Currently the PIA has ongoing operation of 2 flights, which would be increased to 3 flights by March 28 to enhance the connectivity between GB”.

As per the press release issued by FPCCI, the PIA’s CEO said, “We want to enhance the cooperation with the business community and the community should come forward and play their due role in helping the PIA for making it more efficient and strong.”


Arshad in the meeting also vowed to start the project of a new runway at the Gilgit Airport along with the construction of new offices and other facilities in GB Airport to provide facilities to the passengers and tourists coming from all over the country.

He also agreed to further negotiate on discount in fares for passengers and other services expenditure by PIA for passengers and business community of region.

Arshad also informed that the financial restructuring of PIA is underway, along with plans to add a new fleet of aircraft, training of staff, and new flight destinations to attract more passengers from all over the world.

He assured that the national flag carrier would revive its past glory and come out from all the challenges it is currently facing.

Arshad while appreciating the role of FPCCI and the business community of G-B for development of Pakistan said, “The PIA will also be provided other incentives, including special discounts and a corporate package for the business community of GB region as we already provided these facilities to the business community of Afghanistan”.

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