PIA set to launch direct flights to Australia for the first time in history

Airline approaches Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia for direct flight landing

02:12 PM | 16 Feb, 2022
PIA set to launch direct flights to Australia for the first time in history

KARACHI – As the Oceanian country welcomes international tourists after two years of hiatus, Pakistan International Airlines has decided to start two weekly flights to Sydney.

Reports in local media quoting a spokesperson of the national flag carrier said PIA planned to operate the flights initially from Lahore and Karachi to the port city of Sydney while flights from the federal capital are also on the cards.

The initiative will cut travel time by around one-third. Abdullah Hafeez told a publication that direct flights would be happening for the first time ever as the airline conducted a feasibility study.

Reports also mentioned that direct flights will commence in late March or early April, while the airline has yet to receive authorization from the Australian aviation authority.

As there is no direct flight to the smallest continent, passengers from the South Asian country travel for 34 to 35 hours with stopovers.

Earlier, a foreign consultant has given a synopsis to Pakistan’s national airline, according to which PIA will be able to reach break-even by 2025 and will record 3.4 percent profits next year. The business plan covers the period from 2022 to 2026.

It also suggests that PIA will see its assets growing up from the current $1.196 billion to $2.183 billion.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 20 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 20, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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