Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reduced its international flight fares in response to the government’s efforts to reduce the cost of petroleum products.
According to a PIA spokesman, the national carrier has reduced international flight fares on the orders of Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.
“On the special instructions of Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, a significant reduction in domestic fares has occurred, and PIA has now reduced fares on international routes as well,” said the spokesman, adding that PIA had reduced the fare for a flight to Canada by 8%, and a significant reduction of 15% had occurred on Gulf and United Arab Emirates (UAE) routes.
He claimed that prices for flights to Saudi Arabia had been reduced by 10%.
Earlier on Saturday, Mr Rafique announced a 10% discount on domestic PIA flights, in addition to a 10% discount on Pakistan Railways’ economy class.
The government made this decision in response to recent price decreases in petroleum products.
The aviation minister announced a 10% discount on domestic flights of the national flag carrier in both classes.
In addition to the discount announced for PIA domestic flights, the same discount will be applied to Pakistan Railways economy class fares.
The minister also stated that these decisions will be in effect for the next 30 days beginning July 17, 2022.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had directed private airlines to lower their fares.