KARACHI: In a bid to expand its services across the globe, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is planning to acquire 10 to 12 aircrafts on lease.

“The move is aimed at improving service of the national flag carrier,” PIA spokesperson Daniyal Gillani told reporters on Monday.

Following the leasing plan, the national airline will open gates for three new destinations - including Spain, Germany and Thailand.

"We are already flying to New York and China, but one additional flight per week has been finalised which would help cater more passengers on these destinations," said Gillani.

The spokesperson added that the PIA plans to commence flight operations to Barcelona in December, Germany in January and Bangkok at the beginning of 2017.

Gillani said that the move to increase flights to China has been a stepping stone and with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flow of passengers to China would increase significantly.

According to an analyst, expansion of flight service by the PIA would help reduce overall losses of the entity, and surge in passenger movement would help airline to be in the limelight of the foreign nationals.