ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that a comprehensive business plan has been prepared to bring improvement in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
Minister for Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique told the House during the Question Hour that measures have been taken to enhance the revenue of the National flag carrier. He said three aircrafts have recently been inducted while one more will soon be inducted in the airline. He said an activity has also been started to install new seats in the PIA planes.
The Minister pointed out that the airline is suffering a revenue loss of thirty-five to forty billion rupees annually due to the irresponsible statement of the former Aviation Minister about our pilots. He said efforts are underway to resume our flights to the UK and European Countries which is expected to bring reasonable revenue to the PIA. He said route rationalization exercise has been conducted under which profitable routes have been added.
The Minister for Aviation said the government is also considering to outsource airports, especially Islamabad International Airport, to operate them as per the international standard. The Minister for Aviation said airports of Sukkur and D.I Khan will be given status of international airports in view of their potential. He said there is also a proposal to introduce small jets to cater to domestic flights.
The Senate on Friday also passed three bills. These included the Publication of Laws of Pakistan Amendment Bill 2022, The Export Import Bank of Pakistan Bill and The Diplomatic and Consular Officers (Oath and Fees) Amendment Bill.
Responding to the points of Leader of the Opposition Shahzad Waseem, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said the government is holding discussions with the farmers to address their concerns. He said their matter will also be taken up in the cabinet.
The Law Minister said Islamabad High Court has delivered justice in Maryam Nawaz case. He said the judiciary is independent and takes decisions in an independent manner. Earlier, the House offered fateha for the departed soul of religious scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi who passed away in Qatar a few days back. The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 04:00 pm.