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Pakistan to increase flights to Afghanistan

Pakistan to increase flights to Afghanistan

Mar 26, 2011 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon International Airlines or PIA, the state-owned carrier, on Saturday announced it will increase flights between Kabul and Islamabad.

On a visit to Kabul, PIA chief executive, Amjad Khan Durrani, told Pajhwok Afghan News the airlines had received permission from the Afghanistaninfo-icon’s transport and aviation ministry for the proposed increase in flights, calling it a positive step toward improvement in bilateral relations.

The PIA conducts one flight a week between Kabul and Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and four flights a week between Islamabad and Kabul. Kabul-Islamabad flights will be increased to five from four a week after March 22, Durrani said.

He said they wanted to launch flights from Islamabad to Kandahar, from Quetta to Kandahar, from Karachi to Balkh, and from Quetta to Balkh. “The process are in place and will be completed in three to seven months,” Durrani said.

A spokesman of the Afghan aviation and transport ministry, Nangyalay Qalatwal, said the ministry had requested an increase in PIA flights in the wake of increasing number of passengers traveling to Islamabad.

Qalatwal said the move will help bolster bilateral relations and will result into increased revenue of Afghanistan.



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