Recently as Pakistanis were rejoicing the arrival of new Emirates A380, little did we know the ghastly truth behind this gigantic ride. It was brought into limelight through a reliable source from the aviation sector, asserting:
“Today is one of the Black days for aviation industry when we allowed Emirates Airline A380 to operate from Islamabad. It’s a big blow to own aviation industry. In whole of the world countries protect their own interest but it’s only in Pakistan for glamour we destroy our own industries. Emirates wanted to operate A380 from Canada but Canadian Govt refused despite all pressure so much so that UAE Govt put restrictions on Canadian passport but Canadian Govt stuck to their stance to save their airlines. India did not allow Emirates to operate A380 to protect their airlines but we have allowed Emirates to operate A380. Everywhere the routes are given on reciprocal basis but today Emirates has been given seven flights from Karachi only and they have permission to operate from Lahore, Multan and Peshawar along with Air Arabia, Fly Dubai and Etihad. They have been given permission to operate from Quetta, Faisal Abad and Sialkot. As a result Airblue and Shaheen had to shut down their flights from these places because they were offering non realistic prices which our airlines could not compete. New airlines which were coming up like Go Green and Sial are in difficulties. It’s time we start thinking for interest of our country not to serve others for few dollars.”
This piece of information has definitely left us in dilemma and it’s difficult to decide if this move from Emirates is a trick or treat. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope to have a safe, reliable and prosperous aviation sector in Pakistan.