US DOT permits Pakistan international Airlines to operate direct flights to US

US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced the issuance of a communique, allowing Pakistan International Airlines to operate 12 direct flights to the US in a month, the company said.

Previously, the PIA had to pass through security checks at airports in Europe and Britain before entering the United States

For any passenger flight, which is headed to the US from a destination outside Pakistan, the PIA will have to inform, in writing, the transportation department of the route it is taking three business days before the operation.

Owing to security concerns, the US had not allowed any direct flight that originated from a Pakistani airport into its airspace. In October 2017, the PIA discontinued its flights to the US because of rising operational costs and in a bid to cut losses it had been facing.