Karachi: Alternate arrangements have successfully been implemented by PIA to restore its Flight Operations to United Kingdom consequent to the recent suspension. PIA spokesman said on Wednesday.

An agreement has been finalised with a Portuguese company to operate PIA flights to its destinations in the United Kingdom, with modern and amenities laden Airbus A330 aircraft having a capacity of over 300 seats. He said that PK call sign and slots will be used during this operation and will be a two class operation, Business and Economy with all the modern comforts an airliner can offer including In-flight Entertainment Service onboard.

PIA will commence these flights on the Independence Day of Pakistan, August 14 to celebrate the occasion and mark its resurgence.

The first flight with the call sign PK 9702 will depart from Manchester Ringway Airport on August 14, 2020 carrying 250 passengers for Islamabad while PK9785 will depart from Islamabad to London Heathrow on August 15, 2020. Social Distancing will be observed on these flights, Booking and ticketing on these flights have already commenced and the first flight has already been filled. Keeping in view the high demand and limited seats available, those passengers who have urgent need to travel should book as early as possible, 45 kgs of Free Baggage Allowance is permissible with each ticket, said PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez Khan.

He said that there is good demand and PIA received many applications from the local community to resume service from Manchester as competitors had doubled fares with PIA retracting from the market. After the resumption of PIA Service now fares have again normalised and it comes to show the key role the National Flag carrier plays to service the Pakistani expatriate community  – PIA spokesman concluded.