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Leeds / Bradford Airport Forum | PIA Axe Glasgow route
Glasgow will lose its direct air link with Pakistan this month following a shake-up by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that could see it expand its other UK services, ABTN reports. The airline will axe its twice weekly Glasgow - Lahore route on January 22 following an appraisal of its loss-making operations in Europe.
Its decision to axe Glasgow is linked with competition from Emirates, which operates daily flights from Glasgow to Dubai with onward connections to Pakistan. A spokesman for the airline told ABTN that flights from Pakistan to Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds Bradford were profitable and could be expanded. PIA will also continue with its Manchester - New York route.
The spokesman said: âIn the UK there are no other closures apart from Glasgow. Glasgow did not meet its operating costs, we tried to linger for a year, but it did not improve.â He added that any expansion on UK routes would be in time for the summer timetable, which starts at the end of March.
I wouldn't be surprised if their government had insisted that a JFK service is retained on their own metal. PIA is a LOT like BG in that respect and there was recently a huge row over their maintenance division being managed by a political appointee and relative of someone high up in Islamabad.
Hope it stays, if nothing else, for prestige!
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