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KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flight operations were ‘completely suspended’, as 77 flights were cancelled due to a halt in the supply of fuel by Pakistan State Oil (PSO).

The national carrier’s financial crises have intensified as PSO according to a PIA spokesperson has stopped the supply of fuel despite securing the payments.

A PIA spokesperson has confirmed that flight operations were ‘completely suspended’ due to suspension of the fuel supply to the airline as 77 flights were cancelled.

PIA grounds dozens of flights over fuel bills

The spokesperson noted that 52 international and 29 domestic flights were scheduled on Sunday, of which only 4 flights departed.

It added that the PIA administration was in constant touch with the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) as payments could not be made due to bank closure on Sunday.

“The national carrier has paid over Rs220 million to the PSO for the weekend,” the spokesperson said, noting that the scheduled evening flights will operate as soon as today’s credit line is available while alternative connections are being provided to passengers on the affected flights.

Meanwhile, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) – in a statement – rebuffed claims of fuel supply suspension to national carrier and said that it had provided fuel to almost 64 flights since Friday night.

“On Friday evening, PIA paid Rs220 million for fuel for Saturday and Sunday,” the corporation said, adding that a list of 39 flights for fuel supply was also provided by the airline.

According to the corporation, fuel was being provided as per priority flights list provided by PIA. “PIA’s payout limit for Saturday and Sunday

is still pending“, it said, noting that the carrier was not providing flight schedules for the remaining amount.

“Fuel worth Rs60 million is still available as the national carrier can still acquire it,” the corporation clarified.

Due to cancellation and delay of PIA flights, hundreds of passengers have been facing inconvenience for past several days. They were not only the travellers, but flight crew was also facing inconvenience due to delay in flights departures.

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Love Your Country Oct 23, 2023 06:57am
Great people to fly with failed to pay their dues.
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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 23, 2023 08:10am
This stinks
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Kabir Oct 23, 2023 08:18am
What happened to Bajwa's relative who ran the PIA?
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Usman Oct 23, 2023 08:55am
And because of the incompetence of pia Emirates has increased the price of tickets.Thank you to all the incompetent corrupt youthias,jiyalas and patwaris in pia.
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SYED SAIM Oct 23, 2023 09:09am
New hope are PAKISTAN. Mr. MIAN M Nawaz Shareef. They will run PIA and one of the super Airline in the Asia.
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Aamir Oct 23, 2023 09:24am
Please close down PIA and all loss making SOE's..... spare the taxpayer.
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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 23, 2023 11:28am
Utterly pathetic. The establishment (Bajwa's) lackey destroyed PIA. This is what is coming for Pakistan as a nation too.
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NK Oct 23, 2023 11:39am
@Tulukan Mairandi, Bajwa is the culprit!
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Tariq Qurashi Oct 23, 2023 12:58pm
Rather than running the airline into the ground and letting it disintegrate; just shut it down in a controlled manner, and then privatize it. And if they don't have money for fuel, do they have money for spare-parts? How airworthy are their aircraft? The CAA now needs to inspect PIA's aircraft regularly and keep a close eye on their airworthiness. If there is an example of how an excellent company can be destroyed by political interference, overstaffing , sifiarish, and poor management; this is it.
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Usman Oct 23, 2023 03:39pm
High time that pia reduces its work force by 45 percent.they are excessively staffed and hire competent people to run the pia again. Also the govt should outsource its operations to any other airline and take a lum sum amount on yearly basis New management shall surely fire all the useless to make it profitable.
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M Saqib Oct 23, 2023 06:05pm
Dear All On 25th October is my Flight from islamabad to Dubai can anyone let me now it will go or Same condition
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Hamid Gucci Oct 23, 2023 06:51pm
Great people to fly with.....Indeed!!!
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Arif Oct 23, 2023 07:42pm
@Usman, the political appointments by PPP, PTI, PMLN & rest of the vultures have finally killed PIA just as they did to steel mill, railways & every other institution that came their way.
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Malik Yar Oct 23, 2023 08:35pm
Plan to sink PIA, Steel Mills, Railway and many other Corporations was made by Benazir Bhutto in 90. Thousands employees were appointed without job. Forthcomminh N league continued the same policy and succeeded in case of PIA N league's Caretaker Govt.
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Sohail Oct 23, 2023 09:43pm
@SYED SAIM , hahahahahah
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Mian Mukhtar Oct 24, 2023 02:17pm
All the ex governments are responsible for this default perticulerlely PPP and MLN.they have provided service to their workers without need and overloaded PİA. Shame on all these responsibles .
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