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PIA suspends BOM service from May 15

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: PIA suspends BOM service from May 15 Reply with quote

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistan-international-airlines-to-suspend-flights-to-mumbai-from-may-15/1/946227.html

Pakistan International Airlines to suspend flights to Mumbai from May 15

May 5, 2017

Pakistan International Airlines will suspend flight between Mumbai and Karachi from May 15.

According to sources, the Airlines is planning to suspend the services because of deteriorating India-Pakistan relations. Not many people are sanctioned visas leading to no passenger traffic.

The flight between Mumbai and Karachi is a direct flight that flies thrice in a week.

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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: PIA suspends BOM service from May 15 Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistan-international-airlines-to-suspend-flights-to-mumbai-from-may-15/1/946227.html

Pakistan International Airlines to suspend flights to Mumbai from May 15

May 5, 2017

Pakistan International Airlines will suspend flight between Mumbai and Karachi from May 15.

According to sources, the Airlines is planning to suspend the services because of deteriorating India-Pakistan relations. Not many people are sanctioned visas leading to no passenger traffic.

The flight between Mumbai and Karachi is a direct flight that flies thrice in a week.


Really sad. It also shows you that the few remaining connections between Sindhi hindus living in BOM and their family / businesses in Karachi have basically faded away. Even up to the early eighties it was still common for Sindhis to routinely travel from BOM and KHI. My family visited Sindh in 1984 and our KHI-BOM flight was packed (PIA A300 I think) and not just with ME connecting labor traffic. I will add that it also shows the high immigration of Sindhis from BOM to outside India.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/pia-suspends-mumbai-karachi-flights-as-aircraft-lease-runs-out/article18395373.ece

PIA suspends Mumbai-Karachi flights as aircraft lease runs out

May 06, 2017

Pakistan-bound passengers from the city and staff at the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) office here are a worried lot after the airline announced the suspension of its weekly Mumbai-Karachi flight due to aircraft lease issues. The last PIA flight on this sector is expected to be on May 8.

The PIA has four aircraft on lease, the airline’s Mumbai station manager Ahmed Barakzai told The Hindu on Friday. “The lease is ending, including for the plane that flies to Mumbai. There will be no flights for at least another three months,” Mr. Barakzai said. He confirmed that Pakistan’s national carrier did not operate a flight from Mumbai to Karachi on Thursday, adding Indian authorities had been informed of the suspension of the service on May 4.

Staff at the PIA office at Mittal Court in Churchgate appeared worried about their jobs, given the flight was being suspended. “There are many passengers who fly every month. We hope this is just temporary and the flight resumes soon,” an Indian staff member said.

Mr. Barakzai clarified that the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan had nothing to do with the suspension of flights between Mumbai and Karachi. “Flights to Delhi will operate as usual,” he said.

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PIA’s other service adjustment for India market as follow:
Karachi – Delhi eff 15MAY17 1 weekly service cancelled
Lahore – Delhi eff 13MAY17 Reduce from 2 to 1 weekly, service cancelled from 07JUN17


Source: Airlineroute.net
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since no one will be flying India-Pak routes in the immediate future, may be some other airline belonging to another country can fly these routes and make some money ? (ME3, SE Asian or a Euro carrier)
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Since no one will be flying India-Pak routes in the immediate future, may be some other airline belonging to another country can fly these routes and make some money ? (ME3, SE Asian or a Euro carrier)


I seem to recall UL wanting to fly CMB-BOM-KHI. Maybe they will now. But I agree - better to let Air Asia, UL etc fly the route to keep the connection. Sad that no Indian carrier feels safe flying to Pak (I agree with their feeling)
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/55876-pakistan-international-airlines-to-cancel-mumbai-flights

Pakistan International Airlines to cancel Mumbai flights?

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) is considering cancelling its Karachi Int'l – Mumbai Int'l flights in the near future. In an email to ch-aviation, PIA General Manager of Public Affairs Danyal Gillani said that this was due to commercial reasons and that discontinuation was "most likely", especially considering recent flight loads. Gillani confirmed that Lahore Int'l – Delhi Int'l flights would however continue for the time being.

Currently, PIA flies 2x weekly Karachi – Mumbai (weekly capacity 341 seats), 1x weekly Karachi – Delhi (158 seats), and 2x weekly Lahore – Delhi (316 seats).

Indian media has already reported that the flight is definitely cancelled, quoting official but anonymous sources. According to FlightRadar24 ADS-B data, it ran as scheduled on May 8. The next flight is scheduled for May 11.

Country manager for PIA, Muammed Ahmed Barkazai, apparently told the Mumbai Mirror that four B737-800s on wet-lease from Pegasus Airlines (PC, Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen) were returned, leading to a shortage of aircraft. However, FlightRadar24 data shows that all four aircraft (TC-ACP, TC-ADP, TC-ANP and TC-CPA) are still operating for PIA on a daily basis.


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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Air Lanka used to fly there via BOM I think 737 -200 was used as Sri Lankan they did so as well with A320 and A330.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I seem to recall UL wanting to fly CMB-BOM-KHI. Maybe they will now. But I agree - better to let Air Asia, UL etc fly the route to keep the connection. Sad that no Indian carrier feels safe flying to Pak (I agree with their feeling)


It is more than just safety issues. Thanks to visa restrictions on both sides, the traffic must be down to a trickle.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just think of the business and tourism opportunities if the two big powers in South Asia reached a real detente. In a more sane world, you could have 50 daily India-Pak flights.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to airlineroute no flights to India after 7th June, first time no links between the two in peacetime, I know its not all smooth but there is no threat that led to this.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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According to airlineroute no flights to India after 7th June, first time no direct air links between the two in peacetime, I know its not all smooth but there is no threat that led to this.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to airlineroute no flights to India after 7th June, first time no direct air links between the two in peacetime, I know its not all smooth but there is no threat that led to this.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PIA will not quit India ateast for now.
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