Pakistan’s flag carrier launches direct flights to Istanbul

Istanbul Airport expected to welcome additional 150,000 passengers of Pakistan International Airlines

Pakistan’s flag carrier has launched direct flights to Istanbul from the capital Islamabad and the northeastern city of Lahore, the Istanbul Airport operator IGA said on Monday.

The Pakistan International Airlines passengers will be able to travel to 28 destinations in Turkish Airlines’ network thanks to the expansion of codeshare deal between the two carriers.

The first flight has departed from Lahore for Istanbul.

The Pakistan International Airlines will offer Islamabad-Istanbul flights four days a week and from Lahore twice a week.

Istanbul Airport is expected to welcome additional 150,000 passengers of the Pakistan International Airlines.

Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of IGA Istanbul Airport, said:”We are pleased with Pakistan International Airlines’ Islamabad and Lahore flights, which will boost tourism between the two countries and provide Pakistani travelers with connections to nearly 300 destinations worldwide from a major hub like Istanbul.”

Pakistan International Airlines CEO Amir Hayat said Turkiye is Pakistan’s natural allies and it was the right time for the strong fraternal bond between the two countries to turn into a fruitful commercial aviation ties.


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