KARACHI - Meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence chaired by Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho was held at PIA Head Office here on Tuesday, says a press release.

Dr Azra Pechuho and members of the Standing Committee felicitated Rao Qamar Suleman on his appointment as PIA MD and hoped that he would turnaround National Flag Carrier.

Responding, PIA MD expressed that PIA can be turned around by dint of hard work and discipline. The Committee extended full support to the PIA management in improving the airline.

The committee was apprised about PIA business plan, fleet renewal programme, the airline routes and their economic viability. Besides, the human resource policy and the pilots retirement age was also discussed.

The committee was informed that PIA closed down Barcelona-Chicago route due to heavy losses and would redeploy capacity to New York.  The committee was informed that people living in remote areas will have the facility of buying their tickets through Easy Paisa outlets.