KARACHI: Members of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) will get a 10% discount on travelling with national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines. The Airline will set an outlet at the chamber to further facilitate business.

“It will be a win-win situation for both sides,” Shariq Vohra, President KCCI said in a phone interview from Karachi today. “It will facilitate business affiliated with the chamber, while provide importunity pull the airline out of crises.” The discount will be available on both domestic and international flights not only to KCCI members and staff but also their family members. The outlet is inaugurated within KCCI’s premises which will reduce the hassles in busy schedules, he added.

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PIA Air Marshal Retd. Arshad Malik and President KCCI M. Shariq Vohra at a ceremony organized at KCCI.

PIA has recently airlifted a cargo of kinnow and was particularly focused on providing cargo facilities at competitive rates hence, KCCI members should use PIA’s cargo service for sending their cargoes at corporate rates which will be kept lower than the market rates. If the cargo rates will be favourable and competitive the business from KCCI will support uplift of the Airline.

Arshad Malik said that the revival of PIA was a challenging task in 2019 but by taking the ownership along with the commitment and sincere efforts, the performance of the national flag carrier was improved, however, the airline suffered badly due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Vohra, said visible efforts being made by CEO PIA to pull the national flag carrier out of crises, stressed the need to make collective efforts and aggressively promote the good things happening at PIA while KCCI, with an impressive membership base, can become a good partner of PIA in various fields. 

He said that the airlines business has been growing in Pakistan as AirSial, AirBlue and SereneAir have been enjoying thriving businesses with aircrafts flying at full capacity, therefore, PIA must also focus on improving the market share by offering its service at competitive rates through cost reduction. “In this regard, the domestic industry has to be integrated with PIA which would certainly reduce cost and save valuable foreign exchange”, he added.


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