PM asks PIA to improve its services

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday asked the management of Pakistan International Airlines to improve its services and strictly observe punctuality of flight operations.

Chairing a meeting here to discuss the matters of PIA, the Prime Minister said he would like to see PIA to regain past distinction among the international carriers.

The Prime Minister urged upon the PIA management to adopt modern management techniques to help improve its services.

He observed that though the modernization of the fleet is quite important yet image of any airline heavily depends mainly on care, courtesy and efficiency of the staff as well as the management.

He said the government was cognizant of the financial constraints of the corporation, adding the management could popularize and enhance the business of the airline by improving the passengers’ care and improving the services.

The Prime Minister stressed upon the need to review the working of the Corporation to introduce cost efficient measures to reduce the expenditure.

He mentioned that the government had already launched a number of schemes including housing schemes for the welfare of PIA employees.

He said now it was responsibility of the employees to work with dedication to make the Pakistan flag carrier as a recognized airline in the world.

Earlier, the management gave a detailed briefing on issues concerning the Corporation. They also apprised the Prime Minister about proposals regarding joint ventures and cooperation with other carriers to enhance airline business.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Defence, Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar, Secretary Defence, MD PIA, DG CAA and other senior officers of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.