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Pakistani Govt Restricting Air Access?

Sun Jul 21, 2002 11:38 pm

Interesting article outlining some of the proposals for a new aviation policy for Pakistan. The most interesting part is that the govt. may limit the access of airlines from a number of countries. Looks like the Gulf carriers such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Gulf Air and Kuwait Airways could be the most impacted.

Here's the link

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RE: Pakistani Govt Restricting Air Access?

Mon Jul 22, 2002 8:10 am

Very interesting...thanks for bringing this to our knowledge.Well i dont know what to make of this article.It suggests that some airlines want extra rights and flights and at the same time demand is reducing....isnt that what is says?
But i would like to ask you Emirates777, how is Emirates doing at present on its Pakistani routes?NO extra flights have been operated because they didnt need to or because they were not being allowed to.It seems they dont like Gulf carriers penetrating into Peshawar and Islamabad....
Do you know what is the Pak-Saudi air agreement because that is what they want the agreement to be like with the rest of the airlines.
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RE: Pakistani Govt Restricting Air Access?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 4:19 am

I think the Pakistani routes are doing very well. As i had mentioned previously they have been very keen to renegotiate the air services agreement so they can boost services into ISB, LHE and PEW in particular. In the short-term they want to upgrade ISB to a daily (currently 5x weekly) as well as additional frequencies into LHE and PEW. They may add some to KHI. Not only does Pakistan enjoy good point to point out of DXB but also connecting traffic esp. from UK (all of LGW, LHR, MAN and BHX), not to mention the Gulf and Europe. Also remember Emirates wouldn't have kept their lone A310 just to continue serving PEW unless there was a good reason.

I don't know the Pak-Saudi agreement in detail. I don't think the restrictions are that great given that most of the visas issued would be Umra and Hajj related and it would be difficult for the Saudi govt. to stop Pakistani Muslims performing their religious rights. Given that the circumstances are different to other countries (although you could argue religious reasons could be cited for other holy sites in the middle east) they are making it difficult for Pakistanis to freely travel to their countries for fear that people use the opporunity to enter and then stay on and live illegally.

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RE: Pakistani Govt Restricting Air Access?

Thu Jul 25, 2002 1:07 am

I think the Saudi-Pak aviation agreement should be modified to allow other airlines to pick up traffic from both countries, it may bring back carriers such as Garuda Indonesia and Philippine Airlines to Pakistan again.

KHI747 how are you? I wanted to ask you if you have any knowledge of PIA having unutilised slots at Heathrow that could be of benefit to Virgin Atlantic or BMI and allow these carriers to fly to KHI, ISB or LHE as well as carry some PIA pax in a code share like VS are doing in India with Air India? considering the high number of people travelling to UK for holidays as well as the Pakistani immigrant community there, its sad no UK airline flies to Pakistan anymore, so just maybe VS and BD might fair well here.
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