Breaking News Karachi: PIA protesters still on Strike, 4th day Friday. A growing employee strike ground all flights by Pakistan’s state-owned airline on Friday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded with no end in sight to the dispute.
At least 250 domestic and international flights have been canceled since the strike began, PIA spokesman Mashhood Tajwar said. No PIA flights were in the air Friday in any city, and the carrier has also closed its main booking office in the southern city of Karachi, Tajwar said.
The strike is costing the airline roughly $6 million (500 million Pakistani rupees) a day, Tajwar said. It’s also likely having a ripple effect on other parts of the country’s already struggling economy, which is being kept afloat by billions in loans from the International Monetary Fund.