Indian ban on PIA jolts Nepalese tourism
ISLAMABAD (PNS): The already-weakened Nepalese tourism industry received a further jolt when the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) decided to suspend all its flights to Nepal for an indefinite period after Indian banned PIA planes to fly over Indian territory.
PIA has been forced to suspend its flights following the ban on its flights using the Indian airspace. Airline officials claim that the suspension of PIA flights will have a critical impact on the tourism sector of Nepal, as there will be a further decline in tourist inflow.
"The tourism sector here will definitely be affected with the suspension of PIA flights," said a Nepalese official here.
"PIA used to carry many international tourists to Nepal," said Dewan. "The suspension of flights will further drop the tourist inflow."
In a peak tourist season, PIA used to fly five times a week. However, PIA officials remain optimistic regarding the resumption of flights after the SAARC Summit.