Eid is just around the corner and if you’re planning to book a domestic flight you’re in for a treat. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced to reduce the fares of all domestic flights by 25% during the first two days of Eidul Azha.
“There is usually a low rate of bookings on flights during Eid holidays. The offer [25% discount] would stimulate operations on the days,” said PIA’s spokesman Mashhood Tajwar on Tuesday.
In response to a question, Tajwar replied “Why should we give the discount if flights are full or overcrowded?”
“This is a new niche market,” he said, adding that it will help avoid flight cancellation in case of low booking.
For those who are interested, the discount is available on flights to and from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, and Faisalabad. It is pertinent to note that the passengers will not be able to avail the discount if they reschedule their flights against the tickets bought for Eid Holidays.
“If the offered discount does not flare revenues, it would at least arrest a drop [in the revenue], if any,” Tajwar commented.
Last year, the national carrier sold almost one million tickets and it is believed that the figure would be higher this year.
PIA’s seat occupancy rate is approximately 73% and according to Tajwar “we aim to increase it to 75-76% during the current year. Addition of new destinations on international routes will help achieve the target.”