Govt starts working on creating new ‘premier airline’


The government is yet to receive its controversial bill adopted by the parliament for privatising the Pakistan International Airline (PIA), however, it has already started working on setting up a new airline in the public sector.

Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting on aviation affairs at the PM House on Thursday. It was attended by Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Secretary of Aviation Irfan Elahi and other senior officials of the government.

The participants, it said, gave a comprehensive presentation to the prime minister for steps being taken for creating “a premier airline that should be a reflection of the past image of the national flag carrier internationally”.

The meeting reviewed progress on bringing Pakistan Airways on a par with international airlines. The prime minister directed the authorities concerned that the crew and staff of the new airline should be trained by best institutions and state of the art service for passengers, not less than of international standards, must be ensured.

Except core business, rest of the services of the new airline should be outsourced to meet professional standards, the PM was quoted as saying.

He also stressed that the airline should set high service standards for being the face of the country in the world.

“There should be lean management structure for optimising airline’s efficiency and service delivery, and emoluments structure should be commensurate with the quality of human resource,” the PM emphasised.

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