LAHORE - Pakistan International Airlines 55 per cent domestic flights were delayed due to the shortage of aeroplanes during the last 70 days, the PIA officials conceded submitted in a report before the Lahore High Court here on Monday. The report revealed that scarcity of planes is the main reason behind the delay in domestic flights as the national carrier have only four functional planes out of six while the total number of planes should be seven as per set standard. Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif was hearing a suo moto notice into delay in PIAs flights. On previous hearing the CJ had sought record of all the delayed flights at Lahore-Rawalpindi stations from May 1st to July 7. These four planes have to travel over six sectors and in case a plane is delayed for five minutes at one station it would end up with a delay of half an hour while landing at Lahore Air Port. From Lahore to Islamabad, 63 per cent flights were delayed in May, 48 per cent in June while 55 per cent flights lagged behind scheduled timing in the first week of July. Likewise, from Islamabad to Lahore 70 per cent flights were delayed in May, 53 per cent in June while 65 percent flights could not reach their destination on stipulated timing. The report also blamed private airlines company for contributing in delay of PIAs flights as these companies undertook at the time of getting licenses that they would introduce flights on the non-profitable routes. But they do not fulfil their commitment that had caused to overburden PIAs system. As the proceeding was going on, a lawyer Haji Aslam, who had recently returned after performing Umra, told the court about poor performance of PIA. He said he had a problem with his immigration at Jaddha Airport and he went to PIA counter but the officers paid no heed to his complaint for quite sometime. He also complained about the excessive increase in PIA fare for Umra and Hajj. He said PIA is charging Rs50,000 for Umra while other airlines are getting only Rs35,000. The counsel further said the airlines in other countries of the world offered lower fares to the passengers ahead of their religious and national festivals. At this, the CJ observed that it is highly regrettable that PIA increased fares manifold during the month of Ramzan and at the eve of HAJ. As far as the delay in flights is concerned, the CJ directed Managing Director PIA Ijaz Haroon to rectify faults in system and submit a report in this regard by August 15. CJ further directed the MD to ensure the presence of officials at airports to listen peoples complaints and apprise them about correct reason of delay, if any, in flights. CJ also ordered the Director General Civil Aviation Authority to give due attention to PIAs grievance against private airlines and submit a report in this regard after taking necessary steps.