List of airlines of Pakistan

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Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-200

The Pakistan aviation industry was started up when Orient Airways merged with Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIAC) to become the national flag carrier of Pakistan called Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). PIA remained the only operator for many years after its creation, but soon private airlines arrived at the scene to compete with the national flag carrier as conditions of the country stabilised.

It was not early nineties there was a major growth in the Pakistani aviation market with four new private airlines launching operations. The airline did very well to compete with the well established flag carrier, PIA which was controlled by the government. However, this was not to last as the UN placed economic sanctions on Pakistan that caused the airline market to suffer. It caused two of the four airlines to file for bankruptcy and liquidate their assets. The airline industry remained quite stable with PIA developing a strong hold on the international and domestic market for many years. It was not until the early 21st century that the industry started to pick up again that allowed the entry of a new carrier in the market, Airblue which launched operations with new state of the art aircraft. As of August 2007, the aviation market is developing and allowing more services and facilities to be inaugurated as well as the development of a brand new airport to be built for the capital at Fateh Jang.

Current airlines[edit]

As of April 2015, there are four active airlines that operate both domestic and international flights from Pakistan.

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hubs
Airblue Airbus A320-214, Airblue AN2243785.jpg PA ABQ AIRBLUE Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
ASSL Aircraft Sales & Services Limited (ASSL) Fokker F-27-500 Friendship Asuspine-1.jpg - ACS AIRCRAFT SALES Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Air Indus Air Indus Boeing 737-300 LYP Faisalabad Airport.jpeg I6 MPK AIR INDUS Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Askari Aviation 4K AAS AL-AAS -
Pakistan Aviators & Aviation - - - Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore)
Pakistan International Airlines Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A310 at Leeds Bradford Airport (taken by Flickr user 2nd July 2011).jpg PK PIA PAKISTAN Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Princely Jets Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604, Princely Jets JP7711060.jpg - PJP PRINCELY JETS Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Royal Airlines R0 RPK ROYAL PAKISTAN Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Shaheen Air Shaheen Air A330 Lahore Hard Stand.jpeg NL SAI SHAHEEN AIR Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Star Air Aviation Star Air Aviation Boeing 727-200F Asuspine-1.jpg 6S URJ STARAV Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Vision Air International - VIS DREAM BIRD Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)

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