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PIA's Lahore-Quetta-Mashad flight welcomed


Wednesday, 26 February 2014   18:50:20

PIA's Lahore-Quetta-Mashad flight welcomed

      ISLAMABAD, Feb 26 (APP): People from different walks of life
have welcome the much-awaited launch of Lahore-Quetta-Mashad flight
which will greatly benefit zaireen of holy places in Iran.
      The commencement of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
twice a week direct flight operation to Mashad, Iran will fulfil
longstanding demand of the people who had to use land routes to
visit holy shrines in Iran, said Mazhar Hussain who visited Iran
last year.    
      A lady passenger who is planning to visit Iran, appreciated
this initiative of the national flag carrier and thanked Prime
Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Special Assistant to
Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem on the commencement of
Lahore-Quetta-Mashad flight.
      She said that the launch of this route would facilitate the
zaireen and help save precious lives as a number of zaireen using
land route to Iran had been targeted by the terrorists in the past.
      Ghulam Shia, a travel agent expressed the pleasure on the
launch of flight to Iran and said that direct flight to Mashad would
reduce the travelling timing.
      Previously, the zaireen had to use third country to go there
as direct services were not available in Pakistan, he added.
      Expressing pleasure over commencement of PIA flight to Mashad,
Director Marketing PIA, Sohail Yaqoob the direct flight would
fulfill the long standing demand of the people of Pakistan.
      He said that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, PIA has started flights to Mashad.
      The flight is being operated on pure commercial basis and the
first flight left for Mashad with full load.
      He said that the airline plans to add new destinations to PIA
network while increasing frequencies of its existing flights.
      PIA is also planning to operate flights to Najaf, Iraq.
      He said that under the guidance of Shujaat Azeem for the
revival of PIA, the airline is in the process of acquiring newer
versions of fuel efficient aircraft to be inducted in PIA fleet.
      As soon as PIA gets the required number of aircraft more
flights will be operated, he added.