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SereneAir has decided to reintroduce the ER500 aircraft on its Islamabad-Karachi route.
The ER500 designation is used by some airlines to refer to the Embraer ERJ-145 model.
SereneAir announced that ER500 will fly on 13 and 20 March.
The special fare will start from Rs. 17,000. The news has been met with great excitement by the people of Karachi and Islamabad who had been eagerly waiting for the airline to resume its ER500 flights
New Airbus A320 full flight simulator for pilot training recently installed in Simulator Complex at PIA Training Centre (PTC) in Karachi.

British Department for Transport (DFT) has decided to provide modern machines to Pakistan airports for security purposes, reported sources.

According to sources, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to install modern security machines, provided by DFT, at Lahore and Karachi airports.

Sources said these machines would not only increase the efficiency and speed of holding baggage screening but would also result in removal of additional measures on hold baggage screening for UK bound flights.

“UK high commission is trying its best to get the machines shipped through its contractor, as soon as possible to Pakistan,” they say.

The latest development is an indication that UK is planning to open its airports for Pakistani origin airlines as recent meetings between CAA, DFT and UK aviation termed extremely positive.

Outsourcing airports aimed at improving quality, exploiting untapped revenue potential: CAA

Spokesperson says "no law of the land" being violated in the process.

ISLAMABAD: Defending the government’s move to outsource the country’s three major airports, a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday said the decision was aimed at improving service quality at the airports and making them globally competitive.

“The objective is to make our airports globally competitive by implementing best practices and exploiting their untapped revenue potential,” the official said in a statement.

The statement came a day after the Aircraft Owners and Operators Association of Pakistan condemned the move and planned to challenge it in court.

The CAA spokesperson, however, said no law of the land was being violated in this process, adding that complete adherence to the Public Private Partnership Authority (P3A) Act 2017 and P3A Regulations was being ensured.

He clarified that no decision had been made to outsource operations and land assets to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, stating that IFC mandate was to provide transaction advisory services for outsourcing the airports.

The official said no airport would be outsourced if the process adopted did not indicate “appreciable growth in revenues and improvement in quality of service standards”.

After 2 decades: Ethiopian Airlines marks Karachi comeback with May 9 flight

CAA official confirms prominent aviation group in Africa is returning to port city.

Bilal Hussain


Ethiopian Airlines, a prominent aviation group in Africa, is restoring its Karachi route after nearly two decades, and will launch its first direct flight to the port city on May 9, 2023, confirmed an official of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to Business Recorder on Friday.

In April, the airline had announced that it will be returning to Karachi in May as it has finalised preparations to launch direct flights.

It first served the city from July 1966 to December 1971, and resumed the service from June 1993 until July 2004.

The airline will now operate four weekly direct flights to Karachi after having completed the required prerequisites to complete its comeback.

The development comes at a time when foreign airlines are struggling with operations in Pakistan. Virgin Atlantic recently announced it will be suspending services between London Heathrow and Lahore and Islamabad, as it “reviewed its entire network and decided to make a few changes”.

Similarly, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of global airlines, also warned in March that Pakistan has become “very challenging” to serve as carriers struggle to repatriate dollars.

Last year in December, the IATA said Pakistan stood among the top markets where airline funds have been blocked from repatriation.

Director Sales and Operations Iraqi Airways Nehal Akbar said these amounts have been stuck since September 2022.

“Some airlines have suspended operations, a few have trimmed business while others are selling tickets at high rates from outside the country,” he told Business Recorder. He said international airlines have been incurring a loss since their receivables are stuck in Pakistan since the dollar rate was around Rs220. It has now crossed Rs280. However, Ethiopian Airlines seemed unperturbed.

“We are excited to return to Karachi nearly two decades after we last served the city. As the most populous city in Pakistan, Karachi will be a crucial gateway to Pakistan and the wider South Asia region,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew while commenting on the resumption of services to Karachi, according to the company’s website.

“As the only flight connecting Pakistan with Africa, the planned service to Karachi will have a significant contribution in strengthening the diplomatic and economic relations between the two regions,” he added.
Ethiopian Airlines has commenced four times weekly direct flights between Addis Ababa & Karachi...



Two new air cargo routes have been inaugurated recently between China and Pakistan.

In a milestone move to bolster trade ties between China and Pakistan, two new air cargo routes have been inaugurated recently between the two countries, according to a statement released by Nanning Customs District of China on May 22.

It is learned that the new air routes will operate between Nanning, capital of China’s southwest autonomous region of Guangxi, and the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore.

As per the announcement, the first freight flight between Nanning and Lahore took off on the early morning of May 16th, marking the first air freight route between Guangxi and Pakistan, and the following day, a second cargo route from Nanning to Karachi was launched.

The Nanning-Karachi route is set to operate three times a week — on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while the Nanning-Lahore route is scheduled to run four times a week — on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, overseas business manager of Guangxi Civil Aviation Industry Development Co., Ltd told the press.

The reporter learns that flights from Karachi/ Lahore to Nanning will primarily transport Pakistani fruits and seafood to China, and those from Nanning to Karachi/ Lahore will deliver Chinese clothing accessories and other goods to the Pakistani market.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has enhanced collaboration with Guangxi over the past few years as a growing number of Pakistani enterprises increase their presence in business activities and exhibitions such as the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in the region.

Air taxi service to commence from June 18​

Sky Wings CEO says service will be gradually expanded nationwide

June 11, 2023

the coo said there were around 29 airstrips located throughout the country with nearly eight of them fully operational

The COO said there were around 29 airstrips located throughout the country, with nearly eight of them fully operational.

KARACHI: Sky Wings Chief Operating Officer (COO) Imran Aslam Khan on Saturday announced that Pakistan's first air taxi service would officially commence from June 18 after the company’s two aircrafts arrived in Karachi.

During a news conference after the inaugural ceremony in Karachi, COO Aslam stated that the online application for availing the air taxi service would be available in a few days.

The COO said through the air taxi service, timely arrivals and departures could be made to remote areas across the country on an urgent basis. For ticketing and landing purposes, he claimed that there were around 29 airstrips located throughout the country, with nearly eight of them fully operational.

For developing the application, he said that both – a foreign and a Pakistani company – were consulted. “It is highly delightful that the results of the Pakistani company's developed application are outstanding,” he said, adding that the same Pakistani company's application would be used for the service.

Sky Wings CEO Captain Asim Nawaz claimed that international companies were contacting them for participation in the business as well.

The service, he added, will also operate from Rahim Yar Khan and Balochistan apart from the country's nine airports and private ones.

CEO Nawaz said that the service would be gradually expanded nationwide.

The CEO claimed that the Sky Wings Electric Air Vehicles (EAVs), included in the aviation fleet, are capable of flying at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour, and can fly at an altitude of 14,000 feet during the flight.

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