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A PIA aircraft takes off. – File Photo

QUETTA, Dec 25: Pakistan International Airlines launched its Quetta-Kandahar service on Tuesday with the first flight carrying 46 passengers and officials.

“Initially there will be two weekly fights,” PIA Managing Director Captain Mohammad Junaid Younas said at a ceremony held at the Quetta airport.

The Afghan Consul General in Quetta, Mr Ghulam Mohammad Bahadar, PIA’s general manager for Balochistan Ishtiaq Mirza, airport manager Dawood Durrani, government officials, traders and others attended the ceremony.

Governor of Kandahar Dr Taryalai and Consul General of Pakistan in Kandahar Farmanullah Yousufzai received the flight at the airport.

Dr Taryalai said the Quetta-Kandahar air service would strengthen relations between the two countries.

Captain Junaid said that the launching of Quetta-Kandahar service was a longstanding demand of traders on both sides of the border. He said it would help traders and exporters of both countries to boost trade and bring people of the two countries closer.

The Afghan consul general said PIA flight would ease travel between the two cities.

Captain Junaid said PIA would introduce its flights on more routes, including Chicago and Barcelona, in coming days. He said five new planes would be included in the PIA fleet next year.

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Comments (7) Closed

Dec 26, 2012 05:51pm
Commerce is a key component of stability, education is like a blind man be able to see. Afghanistan needs education at mass scale, not that parts of Pakistan don't.
shahid Butt
Dec 26, 2012 05:50pm
Good start. How much time it takes for the flight?Please try to make it daily flight by promoting at rock bottom price like private air lines do in the private sector.
Dec 26, 2012 03:42pm
Is it a joke that whenever PIA feels like stop there service and then restart it. At Chicago PIA counter is being used by someone else, when it starts next year there will be Emirates and Qatar Airlines offering service to Pakistan at much cheaper price, then where will PIA stand with higher ticket price and disturbed flights?
Dec 26, 2012 08:59pm
Its about time! this should help promote trade and ease travel between the regions considerably!
Dec 26, 2012 09:48pm
Probably that was the first and last flight.
Dec 27, 2012 03:37am
shah farooq
Dec 27, 2012 04:46am
I wish you to all PIA management & specially Mr. Musaadiq station manager Kabul airport,Mr Hamayun station manager Kandahar airport.They are provide flight services for Kandahar to Quatta business class & seriously patients people Good & excellent opportunity.