Birds, not just humans, contribute to PIA's losses in millions: Here's how

Web Desk 11:34 PM | 25 May, 2023
Birds, not just humans, contribute to PIA's losses in millions: Here's how

ISLAMABAD - The downfall of Pakistan International Airlines can be credited to multiple factors from operational inefficiencies to poor service but birds have a role to play as well.

As the national carrier suffers losses to the tune of millions each month, bird strikes contribute a fraction to the equation as well because a plane affected by such an incident needs millions for repair purposes.  

The severity of the crisis can be gauged from the fact that 29 bird hits were reported in the last 5 months at domestic airports alone and when it comes to the ongoing month of May, ten bird strikes have been reported so far.

'Most of the incidents happened at Karachi and Lahore airports,' disclosed the sources.

The strikes damaged seven planes of the carrier. The most recent incident involved Flight PK-310 in which an Airbus-320 flying from Karachi to Quetta was hit by a bird immediately after takeoff; the aircraft was later shifted to the hangar while the passengers were shifted to the lounge who later flew off through an alternative flight.

As per the statistics released officially by the national airline are concerned, 10 bird strike incidents in the ongoing month have been reported at the airports of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Quetta, Peshawar, Gilgit, and Multan.

In the ongoing year, 16 birdstrike incidents were reported at Karachi and Lahore airports alone while the carrier's planes were also damaged due to birds in Jeddah and Bahrain. Out of 29 incidents for this year, 22 did not involve any damage to the planes.

The birdstrikes incidents occurred during the approach and landing processes and PIA has to bear heavy losses due to bird strikes as the affected planes are temporarily grounded, Express Tribune reported.

As far as the solution to the problem is concerned, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson said the authority has issued a tender for installing modern bird repellency systems at the major airports of the country, hoping that the installation phase of this system will be completed soon.

The spokesperson noted that bird shooters are deployed on a regular basis during aerial operations at the takeoff and landing points to drive away the birds.

The main reason for the birds' presence is garbage sites near airports, which becomes a threat to the planes taking off and landing despite the fact that awareness campaigns are launched among residents of neighborhoods close to airports. 

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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