CHITRAL: The bi-weekly PIA flights between Islamabad and Chitral which hitherto operated on a Sunday and Friday will now operate on Sunday and Wednesday instead. The change being from Friday to Wednesday only while the Sunday schedule remains intact. It is to be noted that the Peshawar Chitral flights are already suspended till 15 Dec. For details the PIA web portal can be accessed via our web page here, or the PIA call center at +(92-21)-111-786-786 … CN report, 05 Nov 2019.
The passengers complained that the airline had curtailed the number of flights on Chitral route from earlier 21 flights a week (three flights daily) to only two a week, which were being operated on Fridays and Sundays.
They said that the gap of only one day between the two flight days of the week had been causing inconvenience for them as one had to wait for five consecutive days to avail himself of the flight. They said that by introducing a midweek flight instead of Sunday the problem could be resolved.
?A person coming to Chitral from Islamabad or Peshawar on Friday can?t return by the next available flight on Sunday and as such he has to wait for the next flight on coming Friday or Sunday. Only the flight on Tuesday or Wednesday can suit such passengers,? they said. They claimed that flights operation in the afternoon was also said to be fau
A former captain pilot of the airline, Shahzada Sirajul Mulk, said that in the mountainous areas like Chitral the morning time was more airworthy than the afternoon when clouds started developing with each passing moment. He said that due to the irrational approach of the airline regarding schedule of days and timings, the tourists coming to Chitral for mountaineering and sightseeing got diverted to Gilgit-Baltistan due to the availability of daily two flights each for Gilgit and Skardu.
The local people insisted that there was no shortage of passengers and cargo to and from Chitral. They said that a large number of foreigners had been engaged in work on power and road projects in the district who traveled to and from Chitral only by air.
Published in Dawn, December 13th, 2018
Chitral: The Islamabad Chitral PIA flights are being scheduled late in the day which causes many cancellations due to weather deteriorating later in the day in the mountainous region.
As per basic meteorological rules, best time for flights to northern areas are early in the morning when weather is usually clear and flight cancellation due to weather factor is minimum. Earlier this used to be the practice and is still the practice for Gilgit and Skardu flights, but Chitral flights have been relegated to later part of the day at times as late as 3’oclock in the afternoon which makes the flight irregular and unreliable.
There are already only two flights per week to Chitral and that too in the afternoon. This is sheer being unfair to Chitral. PIA management is requested to readjust the schedule of Chitral flights to operate from Islamabad at 7’o clock in the morning as was the practice for decades. The number of flights per week should be increased to at least three a week against the present two flights.
It may be note that the fare from Islamabad to Chitral has also been increased to a whooping Rs 10000/- one way, which may very well? be one of the highest per nautical miles fare in the world.??.. CN report, 21? Jun 2018