KARACHI: Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has resumed gasoline deliveries to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) after receiving payment of the balance of Rs. 20 million in past-due debts.
This action follows PSO’s suspension of fuel supply due to PIA’s failure to pay its daily debts.
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A number of PIA flights, including those from Karachi to Lahore (PK 306). Peshawar (PK 350), Gwadar (PK 370), Islamabad (PK 370), Quetta (PK 310), Bahawalpur (PK 588). And Rahim Yar Khan (PK 306), canceled as a result of the suspension of fuel supply.
Despite PIA’s settlement of Rs1.4 million on October 9, sources within PSO stated that the suspension resulted from non-payment of dues totaling Rs10 million out of a total of Rs1.5 million. Following that, the fuel supply has cut off in Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.
Due to this disturbance, two domestic flights impacted: one from Islamabad to Sukkur canceled, and one from Faisalabad to Karachi was delayed.
Notably, PIA’s foreign flights are still operating as scheduled despite the cessation of fuel supplies.
This fuel supply suspension represents a significant setback for PIA, which is already grappling with financial challenges, leading to a series of flight cancellations and delays in recent months due to financial constraints.