Rawalpindi: Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda stated that his country’s airline was interested in operating flights to Islamabad, a news source reported. The envoy revealed this information during a meeting with the Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
Matsuda said that the Japanese airline wanted to start flight operations along the Tokyo-Bangkok-Islamabad route. He added that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) already had two weekly flights along the Islamabad-Beijing-Tokyo route.
Japan and Pakistan signed an Air Service Agreement (ASA) in 1962, which only allows a single airline from each country to operate flights on that route – PIA being the designated airline of Pakistan and Japan Airlines serving in that capacity for Japan.
According to sources, Japan’s aid was used to establish a specialised medium-range weather forecast centre in Islamabad. Japan also provided support in the installation of weathers surveillance radars at Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Sukkur.
The aviation minister thanked the Japanese envoy for his country’s support for the Airport Security Force (ASF) and Pakistan Meteorological Department through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).