Some more points that have propped up in newspapers here and there :
1. The flights will restart three days before Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is slated to be in Pakistan for Saarc Summit.
2. Pakistan International Airlines will resume flights three times a week from Lahore to New Delhi and back. Indian Airlines will restart its service at the same frequency between Bombay and Karachi, officials said.
3. The overflight rights will let Indian carriers fly directly to Afghanistan. The joint statement also said New Delhi will allow Pakistani planes up to the capacity of a Boeing 747, which can carry more than 400 passengers, to travel to India.
"The talks have been successful," India’s Director-General Civil Aviation Satendra Singh, confirmed after the meeting. "We have agreed to resume both the overflights and direct flights from Jan 1, 2004." The chairman of Pakistan International Airlines, Ahmed Saeed, told Reuters he hoped PIA could resume services quickly.
4. Before the ban, PIA operated 12 flights a week to India, he said. "We will start with the same number of flights. For PIA, it is a commercially beneficial decision." The stock markets seemed to agree, with the Karachi Stock Exchange index gaining nearly five percent and the Bombay Stock Exchange surging 2.30 percent. The resumption of flights would increase pressure to restart a train service, which remains cut off since the parliament attack.
***Now whats the scoop on IC
flying A 320s or A 310s to Kabul or Kandahar...any rumors on the freq's of India's AFGHAN flights...Mendis???
These flights in MARCH to PAK from India will be chocker bloc sold out when the cricket series is played in PAK involving 10 matches (3 tests and 7 one dayers). I guess now EMIRATES will stop promoting their INDIA-PAK-INDIA fares via DXB
as it was double the normal BOM-KHI-BOM fare.
In 2001 my grandparents flew KHI-BOM-KHI PIA Business class for US $ 250 and Eco was US $ 135.