London: ticket prices for flights to Pakistan from UK morning after Pakistan International airlines (PIA) have been suspended from flying for the three areas in the UK.
The airline also faces a suspension of six months with the European Union, and a ban on all types of flights from the USA.
Return flight from London, Manchester and Birmingham to Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and used to cost on average 500-650, but after Pia was suspended from work in the UK civil aviation ticket prices observed threefold increase to £1,500-2,700 mark.
According to the website Skyscanner, a major tourist site, the cheapest return ticket from London to Lahore offer “Turkish airlines”, which costs a whopping £1,445 same nearly Rs300,000.
“British Airways”, which recently started operations in Pakistan, offers the same flight for £ 2,000, which will cost a traveler for Rs400,000.
Return tickets from UK to Pakistan offered by Qatar Airways and Emirates for a cost of £2,500, which is an unprecedented price for a return ticket. Another flight of Qatar Airways and cost British Airways £2,796.
This is happening at a time of severe crisis for the Pia once the Minister of aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that around one third of the Pakistani pilots was questionable licenses. This message caused panic all over the world, leading to a chain of events that result in the suspension of flights by air carrier and ground pilots, working at the global level, which were issued license by civil aviation authority of Pakistan.
There are more than 1.5 million Britons of Pakistani origin in the UK who regularly travel to Pakistan and strongly disappointed with the increase in ticket prices. According to the British government, at any time, almost 100,000 British Pakistanis are in Pakistan. After COVID-19 lock, nearly 60,000 Britons have flown on Charter flights from Pakistan in three locations in the UK.
Sheikh Abdullah, the student of Pakistan in the UK, who regularly traveled to Pakistan said, “I wanted [visit] Pakistan, but could not go because we were traveling through Pia and now we can’t. I went 3-4 times a year, but now the prices have significantly changed our plans.”
Added Abdullah, who transfers at other airports has made it difficult for the elderly and vulnerable travellers who hard to take a few connecting flights to go to Pakistan.
In conversation with Geo.tv by Mahboob Hussain Mahboob agencies of travel, which exclusively deals with tickets Pia, said, “I have done business with Pia. Now my company has no more business. I worked with Pia for promoting the national carrier, but now I’m being punished for my patriotism. Other airlines have benefited greatly. Who is responsible for the death of Pia? We get no answers.”
Mahbub said that while Pia has published some refunds on cancelled flights, he was still waiting for more information on the rest of the return.”
Earlier, press Secretary of the British civil aviation authority said: “in accordance with the decision on 30 June 2020, according to EASA to suspend permission to Pia to operate the service of the European Union Pia flights from Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester airports is suspended with immediate effect.
“The civil aviation authority the UK is required under the law to revoke the permission, Pia works to restore the UK pending EASA in their assertion that it meets international safety standards”.
Recently, we also banned Pia from operating “all types of flights” in the country. Press Secretary Pia, Abdullah Hafiz admitted that it was a serious blow for the national carrier.
“We are constantly engaged with them and sincerely hope that confidence-building measures, the decision will be revised,” he said.
The development has also led to the suspension of the work of various Pakistani pilots engaged in several airlines around the world.
The statement of the Minister of aviation about dubious licenses Pakistani pilots came amid investigation into the recent crash of flight Pia PK-8303 from Lahore to Karachi, which killed 97 people.
A consequence, it seems, does not relieve the air Ministry of any responsibility and instead blamed the pilot for correctly following the instructions of the air traffic controller.
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