PIA officials said that the airline was out of the freight market since 1998 when two B707F aircraft were retired from its fleet.
There is a constant demand from Pakistani exporters to increase cargo capacity as PIA is mostly providing belly space on its passenger aircraft, PIA informed the minister in a presentation made during his visit to PIA Head office here Saturday.
PIA has now been able to reach an arrangement for operating twice weekly A300 freighters that will start from May 18.
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The freighters will operate from Karachi to London and all the cargo from entire Europe will gather at London from where it would be fetched back home and vice versa, Shaukat Aziz was told.
If the exporters are given subsidy by the Export Promotion Bureau, PIA's earning from this sector would be multiplied.