FAISALABAD - Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) has demanded direct international flights from the textile hub of the country and shifting back of PIA offices from airport to the city. These demands were made by the PTEA Chairman Rana Arif Tauseef in a press statement here Wednesday. He pointed out that Faisalabad was the third biggest city of the country and a textile hub of international repute, adding, large number of foreign buyers visited the city while the local exporters frequently travel to Europe and US and had succeeded in exporting textile worth $4 billion annually. PTEA Chairman said in the absence of direct international flights, the exporters had to travel abroad either from Karachi or Lahore. In view of this cumbersome exercise starting direct international flights from Faisalabad had become imperative, he said, adding, PTEA had financially assisted the civil aviation in upgrading the Faisalabad airport for international flights. However due to some unknown reasons the international flights had remained unfulfilled. Rana Arif emphasised that all over the world, businessmen were resorting to air routes for faster transportation of their export goods instead of the sea routes, while the Faisalabad exporters were constrained to export through sea rout in the absence of air cargo export facility. Arif strongly opposed the shifting of the PIA office to Airport building in the aftermath of bomb blast in last March and urged the authorities concerned to review the decision as it multiplied problems of the people especially textile exporters manifold. He said the PIA offices were located at a well-connected place and was easily accessible from all parts of the city. While airport, having limited accessibility through public transport, was out-of-the-way for many visitors, he added. PTEA chief also demanded appointment of full-fledged district manager of PIA whose seat had been lying vacant since long.