In a move to ease pressures on the mango exports amid the global shut down due to COVID 19, PIA on Wednesday announced up to 50 percent reduction in Air Cargo Tariff pertaining to mango uplift. This was decided after detailed meetings between Mr. Waheed Ahmed, the Patron in Chief of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association and Air Marshal Arshad Malik, CEO PIA yesterday to discuss the possibilities of recuperating the struggling fruit and vegetable export market. PIA will be exporting mangoes to Manchester, London, and Frankfurt once the national carrier gets confirmed volume, frequency of flights, and schedule spelled out.
- PIA Announces a 50 percent reduction in Air Cargo Tariff to help Mango Export
- First PIA special charter flight from Bishkek departs for Islamabad, 2nd on its way to Bishkek
- The government of Pakistan has decided to gradually restore regular international passenger flight operations from 20 June
- UAE government allows its citizens to travel abroad paving the way for normalization
- Emirates sacked over 1000 employees and plans to accelerate early retirement of 40% of its Airbus A380 fleet
Earlier on they had called upon the Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser who had coordinated the meeting. Pakistan annually exports around 10,000 metric tonnes of high-quality mangoes by air, mostly to different destinations in Europe, the Americas, Gulf, and Middle East Region, earning handsome foreign exchange for the county annually. Pakistani Mango also termed as the King of Fruits is of the most favorite delicacies around the world, known for its sweetness and quality.
This meeting was pursuant to one held earlier with Ms. Rabia Sultan Gormani the focal person designated by the Speaker National Assembly tasked with facilitating exports from Pakistan and coming up with suggestions and feedback for the same purpose.
PIA is the market leader with more than 50% share of the market when it comes to the export of Pakistani mangoes by air. In order to jump-start the export process early and to ensure that growers are not impacted by the Corona crisis it has been decided by PIA that effective immediately the air cargo tariff for exporting mangoes will be reduced by up to 50% in different weight slots.
This will facilitate and ease off the pressure on mango growers already suffering from a potentially devastating locust infestation and COVID – 19 lockdowns or restrictions across the globe. This is yet another step taken by the National Flag carrier from a series aimed at promoting Pakistan and its products in support of the government and rising to the occasion at the time of need.
PIA has been contributing significantly to the National cause since the outbreak of the pandemic especially in repatriating stranded Pakistanis back home. As of date over 100,000 passengers and hundreds of human remains have been repatriated in a span spreading over a period of 72 days operating 715 flights, most of which operated a ferry to designated destinations.