PIA and THY revisit controversial codeshare deal

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Turkish Airlines (THY) have restarted talks over a planned codesharing agreement which earlier this year sparked a series of strikes at PIA by workers who feared it would result in the carrier losing profitable routes.

THY plans to carry passengers from Pakistan to Europe and the USA via Istanbul. It is rumoured that many of the destinations will be closed by PIA.

THY is planning to turn Islamabad and Lahore into hubs and increase the number of flights it operates to Pakistan.

The move follows the signing of an agreement between the Turkish and Pakistani civil aviation authorities to increase flights between the two countries.

The agreement, which was signed today in Rawalpindi, includes fifth freedom traffic rights on seven daily flights between the two countries.