The Supreme Court while hearing a suo motu case on Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) high airfare to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), directed the national flag carrier to lower its rates to the tourist destination. SC directs PIA to decrease Islamabad-GB airfare.
On Tuesday, a three-judge bench headed by the CJP and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Umar Ata Bandial took up the case for hearing.
They noticed that PIA had a restraining infrastructure over the course and was charging in excess of a restricted departure from Islamabad to Karachi and were worried about the possibility that fare hike would adversely impact tourism in GB.
About four months ago, GB lawmakers expressed concern over a Rs5,500 increase in the one-way fare from Islamabad to Skardu, price hike from Rs8,500 to Rs14,000.
As indicated by officials, the cost was higher than a one-route flight between Islamabad and Karachi and communicated fears that the high expense would contrarily affect tourism in the area.
The CJP asked PIA Chief Executive Officer Musharraf Rasool Cyan’s legal advisor, Naeem Bukhari, what the airfare from Islamabad to GB was.
Bukhari detailed a return-flight cost between Islamabad and Sukkur, adding it cost Rs26,000.
“The fare (for a round-trip from Islamabad to GB) is almost Rs30,000,” the CJP told the lawyer.
“From here [Islamabad] to GB is a half-hour journey,” the top judge said. “Do not mistreat the people [of GB] in this manner.”
Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed PIA to lower its fares for Islamabad-GB flights.
“Lower the rates,” Justice Ahsan said.