Srinagar: Amid ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to suspend its flight between Karachi and Mumbai from Monday, a senior official was quoted by a media report as saying. The PIA official told news agency PTI that the decision was taken in respect to “commercial considerations”.
“There will be no PIA flight between Karachi to Mumbai and Mumbai to Karachi from April 8. The PIA has stopped booking for flights on this route,” the official was quoted by the report as saying.
The Karachi-Mumbai flight, which operated twice in a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, saw extremely low traffic on the route, the official was quoted as saying.
“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.. (T)he route will only be revived if the government decided to pay special subsidies to maintain it.”
The official, according to the report, also clarified that the flight between Lahore-Delhi will continue as usual because of satisfactory traffic on the route, and might see additional traffic due to the suspension of Karachi-Mumbai flight.