Pakistan International Airlines Sialkot to Paris CDG and Barcelona
Pakistan International Airlines launched long-haul services to Europe from Sialkot on 19 January, with the first flight to Pakistan touching down the following day. To celebrate, Sialkot Airport baked a cake. Among those taking part in the cake cutting proceedings were: Usman Dar, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs (second left); Chaudhry Muhammad Akhlaq, Provincial Minister for Special Education (centre); Mian Muhammad Soomro, Pakistan’s Minister for Aviation (second right); along with Nadeem Anwar Qureshi, Chairman, Sialkot Airport. Operated using the carrier’s fleet of 777-200s, schedules show that an Islamabad-based aircraft aircraft will perform this itinerary on a weekly basis.
- Pakistan International Airlines launched weekly long-haul services to Europe from Sialkot (SKT) on 19 January, with the airline now linking the city to Paris CDG (CDG) and Barcelona (BCN). An analysis of Flightradar24.com data shows that the route will be performed by an Islamabad-based aircraft, operating Islamabad – Paris CDG – Barcelona – Sialkot – Paris – Barcelona – Islamabad, with the operation taking two-days for the 777-200s that will operate these sectors to perform. No other airline flies the 6,074- and 6,312-kilometre connections from Sialkot to Paris or Barcelona at this time. As stated, the airline already operates to both European cities from Islamabad, while the carrier also links Lahore to the French capital airport. Based on OAG schedules, Pakistan International already has a number of routes from Sialkot, with it linking the city to Dammam, Jeddah, Karachi, Muscat, Riyadh and Sharjah during the week commencing 22 January.