KARACHI (Agencies): Serene Air, a private Pakistani airline, has inaugurated new flights connecting Karachi to Beijing Daxing International Airport, underscoring the commitment to fostering closer ties between China and Pakistan. The route, which includes a stop in Islamabad, will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays using an A330 aircraft.

Yang Yunchun, the chairman of Serene Air, emphasized that the expansion of their international route network symbolizes the enduring friendship between the two nations.

Previously, travel between China and Pakistan predominantly involved flights from Beijing Capital International Airport operated by Air China. The introduction of this new route provides travelers, like Mr. Liu, with an additional choice for their journeys. Liu, who was on the inaugural flight, expressed appreciation for the expanded options.

The aviation link between China and Pakistan is experiencing a swift recovery, with China Southern Airlines resuming its Urumqi to Lahore route in June. This development comes as the two countries recently marked the 10th anniversary of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project under the BRI. Analysts anticipate that the continued collaboration under the CPEC will contribute significantly to Pakistan’s economic and social progress.

Trade between China and Pakistan has witnessed substantial growth, reaching $27.82 billion in 2021, reflecting a 59.1 percent year-on-year increase. Chinese exports to Pakistan amounted to

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