PIA has planned to build 12 new training centers in six months in all major cities of Pakistan with an overall capacity of approximately 1200 students per year.

This was stated by Special Assistant to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Aviation Shujaat Azeem while inaugurating the Training Center at PIA Complex Lahore airport. Shujaat Azeem said that on advice of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif PIA has taken this grand initiative for Pakistani youth as part of its corporate social responsibility. It will help our youth to meet the challenges of airline industry. He said that Lahore’s initiative is the first one and second center will be opening in Rawalpindi in mid of October whereas more centers will be opened in Peshawar, Quetta, Nawabshah, Swat, Muzafarabad, Sukkur, Multan, Faisalabad and Hyderabad soon. Shujaat Azeem said that PIA training center is the only training resource in country which has been awarded ANO-147 approval by Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan in line with European standards. He said that we are offering airline industry courses on very competitive and affordable price compared to other local and international training centers.

Commenting on airlines current situation, he said 15 new aircraft on dry lease will be inducted in next few months while three Airbus A-320 aircraft have already been inducted and are in operation. Our utmost efforts to revive the national flag carrier are continuing and in the first six months of current year we have been able to cut losses to over 8 billion or 45% from the corresponding period of year of 2013.

In his concluding remarks, he praised the PIA management and congratulated on the opening of new training center and said that PIA has best human resource in aviation industry and with the help of the employees will turnaround PIA.