PIA will start a direct flight to Chicago from next summer as part of its plan to attract new passengers.
Chicago has a large Pakistani community which has been demanding a direct flight to the city for sometime. Members of the Pakistani community complain that as the PIA flight comes only to New York, those living in Chicago have to wait at the JFK Airport for four to five hours to catch a connecting flight. This often forces them to take other airlines.
A direct flight, they say, would not only save them from this trouble but would also encourage them to fly PIA.
In the late 1980s, PIA extended its New York flights to Chicago but it was later abandoned. The community complains that extending the New York flight did not solve its problem as it failed to shorten the flight time.
"Now we plan to fly directly to Chicago from a destination in Europe, probably Manchester or Birmingham," said PIA's Chief Operating Officer Khurshid Anwar.
The airlines also plans to upgrade its service to New York and Toronto by 2003.
Khurshid Anwar - Chief Operating Officer said at present the airlines sent 190-seater planes to the two cities but in two years it planned to replace them with 310-seaters. "We are also considering proposals for extending our service to Houston and Los Angeles," he said. PIA, he said, also intended to revive its old routes to Mashhad, Tehran, Istanbul and Nairobi.
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