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Pakistan’s Serene Air starts operations on domestic routes

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ISLAMABAD: Private airline Serene Air has started its operation on the domestic routes in Pakistan.

The airline’s first flight ER-503 Boeing 737-800 was operated from Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad for Karachi with Khalid Bashir, a retired Air Commodore and Chief Operating Officer (COO), present at on the occasion.

Initially, the new carrier will operate on domestic routes with four Boeing 737-800s. Two of them are brand new aircraft and the remaining two are five year old, the COO said.

He added that Serene Air would fly on domestic routes, including Islamabad-Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Faisalabad. However, the flights for Skardu will start in March.

To a question about the number of flights operating from major cities, the COO said that three flights would operate on the Islamabad-Karachi-Islamabad route daily, while four flights in a week will be operated between Karachi and Peshawar and four between Karachi and Faisalabad.

Bashir said that experienced staff members and well-trained cabin crew have been inducted in the new airline.

Earlier, the Pakistan International airline (PIA), Shaheen Air and Air Blue were operating on domestic routes.

However, they are unable to meet the rising demand as several passengers have to wait for a long time to get air tickets.

The induction of the new airline will create competition among the private companies which will result in provision of good service to the passengers. The state-run PIA is in a bad financial shape as the government has to pump in money periodically to keep it afloat.

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