Airline cuts Leeds Bradford Airport to Pakistan route

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Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) is to shut its service from Leeds Bradford Airport to Islamabad following claims the route is uneconomic.

 

The twice weekly flights will finish in Could with the airline including an additional flight from Manchester Airport.

 

PIA mentioned “this resolution has been taken because of heavy losses being incurred on this route”.

 

Tony Hallwood, the airport’s aviation growth supervisor, described the closure as “very disappointing”.

 

Mr Hallwood mentioned he was shocked on the resolution, claiming that the airport’s personal figures confirmed the 2 flights have been the “quickest rising of PIA providers within the UK at current”.

‘Vital Demand’

He mentioned: “We all know the figures and we’ve proven that our passenger progress over the past 12 months has been round about 30% and, in sure months, increased than that.

 

“Which clearly exhibits there’s vital demand.”

 

The airline began the flights six years in the past, simply after the airport was privatised.

 

A PIA spokesman mentioned: “Regardless of our greatest efforts, the route’s economics haven’t been very promising.

 

“The most important purpose behind this rationale may be very excessive operational prices due lack of fuel-efficient plane.”

 

The airline mentioned it could be utilizing a distinct plane on the Manchester route which was extra gasoline environment friendly and carried extra passengers.

 

Mr Hallwood mentioned he hoped PIA would reverse its closure plans and introduce newer, more economical plane to Leeds.

 

“Nonetheless, in the event that they [PIA] discover it not possible to resurrect these providers then in fact we’ll look to introduce different providers with different carriers on the earliest alternative,” he added.

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