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Why Did SQ Pull Out Of Pakistan?  
User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3812 times:


Just a quick question: Why did SQ pull out of Pakistan? Was is because of security concerns? It certainly wouldn't have because of low yields-my parents lived there for several years in Karachi and always flew with SQ and ALL their flights were usually packed to the brim. (not hard to understand when you're up against PIA as your only competition!)
With continuing tensions is Riyadh/the middle east, I wonder if any other airlines have pulled out of muslim countries because of instability.




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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

security concerns and the war in Afghanistan were the main reasons, have they resumed to Karachi or Lahore?




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User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

I remember reading an article about SQ (or maybe it was CX) and it was saying that air freight was the profitable business in/out of Pakistan. Basically saying the pax traffic was all low-yield but they made a bundle out of air freight which included a lot of fresh produce.


User currently offlineChangyou From Singapore, joined Nov 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3701 times:
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It was since the bombing incident a couple of years ago that SQ stopped Karachi and Lahore completely until now. Basically it was security reasons that SQ suspended their flights. There are no news that they're reinstating the flights.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16282 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

Security concerns are a convenient excuse. It always comes down to profit. If Pakistan was a high yield market, SQ would still fly there.




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User currently offlineTargowski From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3600 times:

i have heard that several asian and european carriers are resuming pakistan service, including SQ. could someone in the know verify this? there is nothing about it on the SQ site. BA resumed islamabad service recently, and i think LH is going to be back in pakistan shortly. PIA is simply making too much money on european and north american service. everyone else is getting hungry.

also, wondering now that EK (which flies from DXB to pakistan with significant frequency) is going nonstop from JFK and (as of next year) SFO, how this will effect everyone else's pakistan business. (i have heard PIA will do a pakistan-california service with a stop over in NRT or china).


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