PIA to start yet another international route flight

PIA to start yet another international route flight

ISLAMABAD - Pakistanis and the Pakistani diaspora have been screaming for direct flights to the US since PIA closed operations in October 2017. PIA was working to meet the demand and finally, it looks like it will be happening very soon.

Pakistan International Airlines has invited the Transport Security Administration (TSA) team of USA to have Islamabad Airport security cleared for direct operations to the US. They will be arriving in Islamabad on July 17 & 18th, 2019.

What will this mean for the overseas Pakistanis? A direct flight, only a 16 hours journey, without the hassle of hours and hours of layovers at airports and the hassle of changing terminals. Currently, passengers have to use other airlines that make a stop at their hubs, resulting in some flights taking more than 24 hours to reach the US.

In the past, none of the Pakistani airports were cleared by TSA, which is why PIA had to use mid-point TSA cleared airports at Manchester or Barcelona to fly to the US. This increased the operating costs and PIA had to suspend flights to the USA a year and a half ago.