In a bid to show its promise towards the pre-poll swear of curbing economic conditions and reducing public expenditure, Pakistan's newly-elected PM Imran Khan led cabinet on Friday banned first-class air travel for the nation's top officials, including the President and head of the government.
As per the reports of Dawn the decision to dis-allow first-class air travel was taken during the second meeting of the federal cabinet in a week and one which was headed by Pakistan's newly-elected PM Imran Khan. During the meeting, a resolution was taken that the country's top officials - president, PM, chief justice, Senate chairman, National Assembly speaker and chief ministers would no longer have the benefit of flying first-class on international flights. As a replacement for this, they would have to make do with business or club class.
The reason cited for the decision is that flights being operated from Pakistan do not tender the first-class category and foreign airlines charge fares for this category which are almost three-hundred times higher than fares for business or club class.
Imran Khan himself has reportedly taken a decision to make use of business-class tickets when flying out of the country, instead of travelling in his special plane. This plane would, instead, be reserved for his travels within the country.