Turkish Airlines has signed a code share agreement with Pakistan International Airlines on 26th July 2020. From now on, Istanbul will be the gateway to European countries for PIA following the EASA ban.
The flag carrier of Turkey confirmed the agreement. The CEO of PIA Arshad Malik pled for approval from Turkish authorities to operate flights to airports in Istanbul.
“Considering the networks of both airlines, we see that the volume and utilisation of our agreements have been lower than our expectations. I believe that our cooperation could be developed to reach a more satisfying level with the addition of your proposed Birmingham, London, Milan, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Oslo points on our codeshare subject to related Civil Aviation Authorities` beyond codeshare approvals,” said Turkish Airlines CEO in a response letter on July 24th.
Turkish Airlines also proposed to upgrade their codeshare from unilateral to a bilateral arrangement once the volume and utilisation of their agreements reach a satisfactory level.
Pakistan International Airlines has also recently signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines. Due to the pandemic, the agreement has yet not been implemented. Under this agreement, PIA passengers will be able travel to 25 destinations in Europe and the U.K. All flights will be via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.
Turkey has once again proven its brotherhood with Pakistan.