KARACHI: Shaheen Air will launch its flight operations on two international routes— Kuwait City and Muscat– twice a week from upcoming Sunday, sources in the aviation industry told Daily Times.
The two flights will be started from Peshawar with airline’s 737-airfleets and are scheduled for every Sunday and Thursday to the capitals of Kuwait and Oman, official of the Shaheen Air, Farooq Nasir Khan told. He informed the launch of international routes is the part of airline expansion plans that will continue to add more international and domestic destinations in the coming future.
According to the aviation experts, the airline could attract handsome businesses on these new routes as a large number of Pakistani workforce travels between these cities. The population of Pakistanis living and working in Oman and Kuwait are estimated between 0.1 and 0.15 million, which have been increasing every year particularly in its capitals and adjoining cities.
Hanif Rinch of Travel Agent Association of Pakistan said the airline should facilitate the passengers by providing quality services with affordable fare packages to compete with other international carriers particularly Gulf-based airlines. He also said the airline should increase their number of fleets to meet the passengers demand of travelling to various international routes from other stations of the country.
TAAP Chief was of the view that the aviation industry has been seen low season for last two or three months, but the traffic of passengers and flights will be increasing in the summer season of July to August. Besides, the airline also carries out its flight operations from other Gulf countries including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Al-Ain. The airline has eight different fleets to conduct its international and domestic operations.
Since last year, Airblue and Pakistan International Airline (PIA) have also started a number of new flights services from different countries of Gulf. The two private national airlines and the national flight carrier are heading toward a healthy competition in the Gulf region which is not among themselves but also with the other international carriers like Eittihad, Emirats, Qatar and others. muhammad yasir
Courtesy: Daily Times, 12-May-09