Islamabad, Oct 13 (IANS) Air China announced on Tuesday launch of its new routes connecting Chinese capital Beijing with Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and port city Karachi.
The launching ceremony themed Silk Road in the Air was organised in Islamabad and attended by Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, representatives of corporate sector and other officials from both sides.
The Chinese national flag carrier would be starting the new service on October 26.
Air China, with A330-200 operations, will fly three flights a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between China and Pakistan.
Air China will also link Pakistan with the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and South Korea via Beijing.
Pakistan’s Defence Minister Asif said there have been very strong people-to-people, historical relations and the friendship between China and Pakistan has seen test of the time.
The minister said, “China and Pakistan are creating a new history in this region under the Belt and Road Initiative, we hope that the CPEC will bring the economic revolution in the region.”
Air China’s new route to Pakistan is one of the four new routes connecting China with India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in south Asia to be launched in October.