Pakistan’s State owned PIA with 32 Air crafts and 18,000 Staff – Poor paying for the Rich

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Mahmood Malik has said that a comprehensive strategy has been evolved for revival of the national flag-carrier.

In his first public address at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) on Monday, he said that a short-term plan would ensure smooth functioning of the PIA , while in the long-term the organisation would be revived on permanent basis within next 3-5 years.

Malik said it was a bigger challenge to revive the PIA as compared to establishment of new airlines. However, he would try to accomplish the task with national commitment and service to Pakistan.

The top PIA official said that he had a privilege to be part of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and was utilising its support to revive the national flag-carrier.

Malik said that he had visited Turkey to review the revival of Turkish Airlines. Similarly, he had also reviewed the Qatar model while in coming days he would visit Malaysia and other countries to review and discuss their national airline.

The PIA is currently facing losses of Rs3 billion per month, the CEO told the gathering at FCCI. It has 32 aircraft, out of which only six are generating revenue.

He disclosed that nine planes, which are in working condition, have not been in use for the last nine months. Some 18,000 workers are at the PIA payroll, he added.

He mentioned 7 loss-making routes and added that the organisation had 36 offices of labour unions, out of which only 10 offices had been closed.

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