This question was asked a few weeks ago in another thread, and today I found this interesting information;
It concerned Oman Air ending service to Karachi, and considering withdrawal of Peshawar and Gwadar services and British Airways' possible withdrawal from Islamabad (any confirmation on that?)
Oman Air is the latest carrier to end service to Karachi, following SAS, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa and Japan Airlines. The main problems were;
- High parking charges
- High airbridge/handling charges
- Low yields
The Pakistani government has investigated why 6 major airlines have abandoned Pakistan, and concluded the following...
- The CAA should come under the control of the Ministry of Transport, not the Ministry of Defence which currently controls it. The Ministry of Transport is obviously better equipped to meet the needs of the airline industry in Pakistan and will be more market-driven.
- The Director General of the CAA should be familiar with Civil Aviation regulations and operations.
- The CAA should be given the mandate to make decisions, not the MoD.
- Widespread misuse and abuse of powers
- Regulatory rules worked to disadvantage international airlines and favour PIA. Double standards, one for PIA, one for foreign airlines.
- Theft of engineering tools from PIA's hangars in Karachi and Islamabad, which is a problem in it's self and also unnecessarily delays maintenance work completion.
- Widespread absenteeism at PIA
- Heavy daily theft of food and utensils from PIA's flight kitchens
- Excess baggage charges not passed on to airlines, but pocketed by officials
- PIA continues to operate several unprofitable routes despite a directive to suspend them
- PIA needs to rationalise their fleet, operating 7 different aircraft types, even though they only have 49 aircraft
Lots of work to do, it seems!
Hope the information is useful