PIA continuing flight operations to Saudi Arabia: spokesman

Karachi: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is continuing its flight operations to Saudi Arabia and as such there is no question of any disruption of flights due to parking payments to Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia as reported by a section of media.

PIA Spokesman said here on Wednesday that parking payments to Civil Aviation Authorities world over is a continuous and ongoing process not only for PIA but for all airlines and does not result in stoppage of flight operations.

PIA Spokesman said that a section of electronic media had been giving the impression in the news that PIA flights to Saudi Arabia may be disrupted due to accrued payments which is not only false but misleading and tantamount to tarnish and damage the image of PIA.

The factual position is that PIA pays for parking aircraft to Civil Aviation authorities at different airports in different countries and is doing payments to Saudi Civil Aviation Authority as well. However, the said small amount which relates to year 2004 concerning Parking charges is under dispute and being settled with the authorities. This, he said has been blown out of proportion by a section of electronic media.

Media is requested to desist from airing such type of news before it is verified by PIA as it not only brings a bad name to the National Flag Carrier but also affects the airline’s sales and passengers’ confidence, PIA Spokesman concluded.

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