ISLAMABAD - The national flag carrier will induct more airplanes into its operational fleet by the year end, Pakistan Aviation Division Spokesperson Sher Ali Khan told a press briefing here on Wednesday.

Highlighting achievements of Civil Aviation Policy 2015, Sher Ali Khan said that currently Pakistan International Air Lines (PIA) has 35 aircraft in operation and its size would rise to 42 by the end of 2015.

He said Haj operation had been completed as 137 out of 148 Haj flights had departed and no complaints were received about operation so far.

He added that arrival of Haj flights would start from September 27 which would continue till November 28. Haj flights were being monitored by a dutiful officer Capt Anwar Adil.

To a question, he said Rs1.2 billion had been saved by closing operation of flights in Frankfurt, Amesterdam, Hong Kong and Bankok and Rs61 million were saved by closing off-line international stations in Chicago, Istanbul and Sydney.

The spokesperson of PAD further told that off-line offices had been set up on those airports, where PIA flights were not operated, similarly 137 staffers of national air lines deputed abroad have been called back by the administration of PIA and hence Rs29 million were saved.

He said eight coaches worth Rs300 million had been gifted to head of aviation Shujaat Azeem by government of Qatar, which would be used for the restoration of services at airports.

“The completion of new Islamabad Air Port is at final stage, which would be inaugurated at the beginning of new year 2016. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including installation of Cat-3-B system, capacity to observe in fog and severe rain and there will be no botheration in landing,” he said.

He further said that 56 per cent of construction work was completed when PML-N government resumed the charge and now 85 per cent work of new air port has been completed. He added that working was going on in three shifts and attempts were being made to complete this work by the end of current year. There were nine aero bridges in 2014 and now these are 15.

Explaining the aviation policy of 2015, he said that under this policy the maintenance and operating system of aircraft would be conducted on airports and tax would be received on revenues.

He further said that 302 employees of PIA had been terminated due to fake degrees and their cases were sent to NAB and FIA for further investigation. The government had expressed its resolve not to tolerate any kind of negligence in this regard. He said employees of PIA were assets of nation and their all problems would be addressed soon and summery to increase their salaries would be announced soon.

“Six new training centres of PIA have been set up in cities including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nawabshah, Swat and Multan and three more training centers were being established in Quetta, Faisalabad and Sukkur.

He said these training centres will cater the CAA needs to achieve self sufficiency by imparting training to maintenance engineers and technicians. He also informed about the improvement in CAA security as well as measures about mainstreaming of Metrological Department.