Staff Reporter Faisalabad
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will offer a 10 percent concession in air fare to Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) members and their families who will prefer to travel through the national flag carrier.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this connection was signed between FCCI and PIA during a special function held in the boardroom of FCCI on Thursday.
President FCCI Engineer Hafiz Ihtasham Javed and District Manager PIA Mr. Muhammad Shahid Hussain signed the documents on behalf of their respective organizations.
According to the MoU, FCCI will encourage its members to travel through PIA while the national flag carrier will also set up a dedicated counter for the facilitation of the FCCI members.
President FCCI termed this MoU an important step towards promoting close and productive liaison between the FCCI and PIA.
He said that Faisalabad is an important industrial, agriculture, business and commercial center of Pakistan which is contributing a major share towards the national economy in addition to playing a key role in textile exports.
Engr Hafiz Ihtisham Javed said that most of the FCCI members are frequent air travelers but many of them use other airlines according to their own convenience of time and fare.
He demanded that PIA should revisit its Faisalabad related air operation and at least two daily flights should be arranged preferably daily or on alternate days for the convenience of local businessmen.
He also stressed the need to arrange maximum connecting flights for the Faisalabad based travelers.
According to this MoU a coordination committee would also be constituted which will promote PIA and FCCI through collaborative efforts.
This committee will meet at least once in a month to resolve the emerging problems.
During this meeting other PIA officials in addition to Vice President Ayub Aslam Manj, Shahid Mummtaz Bajawa and Haji Gulzar were also present.