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Pakistan International Airlines suspends flights between Karachi and Mumbai

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Lahore: Due to commercial consideration, the Pakistan International Airlines suspended its flights between Karachi and Mumbai from Monday. PIA operated two flights in a week (Monday and Thursday) between Karachi and Mumbai.

The PIA officials, however, said that there will be no change in the Lahore-Delhi flight as traffic on this route is satisfactory and cancelling flight on Lahore-Mumbai route will further increase the traffic on the former route. The PIA management has decided to suspend the flight on the Karachi-Mumbai route because of extremely low traffic on the route.

“Since we have been bearing financial loss on this route for the last six months or so we have arrived at a decision to suspend this route,” the official said. The move comes amid a strain in Indo-Pak ties following the beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan military in Jammu and Kashmir.

The PIA administration, however, dismissed media reports that the Karachi-Mumbai operation is being suspended due to tense relations between India and Pakistan.

Since 2013, when the current Nawaz Sharif government took over, the carrier has suffered more than Rs 100 billion in losses.

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