- Canadian private airline, Zara Airways, announces non-stop flights between Pakistan and Canada.
- Direct flight services will operate three times a week, connecting Toronto with Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.
- Partnership with Shaheen airport service ensures smooth operations and convenience for passengers.
A private Canadian airline has made an official announcement regarding the commencement of non-stop flights between Pakistan and Canada, following the completion of necessary procedures.
Zara Airways will provide direct flight services three times a week, connecting Toronto in Canada with major cities in Pakistan, namely Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.
To ensure smooth operations, the private airline has partnered with Shaheen airport service, which will handle ground services, cabin crew, and other amenities at Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.
During a press conference held in Karachi on Saturday, Syed Quli, the CEO of Zara Airways, mentioned that many travellers between the two countries prefer direct flights. He assured that his company is fully committed to offering this convenience to passengers.
He expressed optimism that flight operations will commence in August 2023, pending approval from Canadian authorities. Initially, the airline intends to initiate processes with two 777LR aircraft, possibly expanding the fleet after securing slots from the civil aviation authority.
Ijaz Haroon, an advisor to Zara Airways and former Managing Director of PIA, emphasized that the airline’s top priority is to provide a hassle-free travel experience for elderly passengers, eliminating the need for connecting flights.
“We are excited to offer direct flights between Canada and Pakistan,” Bhakari said at a news conference in Karachi. “This will make it easier and more convenient for people to travel between the two countries.”
The airline’s chief executive officer, Syed Qali, said the flights would cater to a large number of passengers, including Pakistanis living in Canada and tourists visiting Pakistan.
“We are also in discussions with Air Canada to codeshare on some of our flights,” Qali said. “This will give our passengers even more travel options.” Former Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) managing director Ejaz Haroon has joined Zara Airways as an advisor.
Haroon said the airline will focus on direct flights to save elderly passengers from connecting flights and long distances at major airports. “People want their elders and families to travel from Canada in direct flights to Pakistan.”
Additionally, Ethiopian Airlines has announced the resumption of direct flights between Karachi and Addis Ababa. The route was previously suspended in 2004.
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