Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has re-started its flights to Kuala Lumpur, which had been suspended previously because of airspace closure between Pakistan and India.
On account of the conflict between Pakistan-India border in February, the two neighbouring countries close down their airspace for each other. Since PIA flights to Malaysia passed through the Indian airspace, the route stays closed for eight months.
However the limitations were lifted in the mid of July, it required the airline for the moment to make ticket sales. The flights will be scheduled for Monday and Friday of every week to assist the passengers, the majority of them are labour from Pakistan.
According to the Malaysian Home Ministry, beginning on June 30, 2019, Malaysia had 1.7 million legal foreign workers. Pakistan was at the second place with 59,281 workers, after India which had 114,455 workers.
Although it wasn’t a convenient system and the passengers always criticized as a large part of traffic came from Peshawar. After Peshawar, Most of PIA’s passengers for the Far East destination comes from neighbouring areas like Malakand and Dir.
PIA correspondent said, “The airlines are keeping an eye on the traffic. As we get the flight status and results, we may open other stations also, probably Lahore first, as, after Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, most of the traffic for the Southeast Asian nation comes from central Punjab including Lahore itself.”