PIA to operate four int’l flights for UK, Canada

PIA will resume its domestic flight operations to Gilgit and Skardu today

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STAFF REPORT

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday decided to operate four special international flights for United Kingdom (UK) and Canada as international operations remain suspended from the country amid coronavirus outbreak.

According to the national-flag carriers’ spokesman, the decision taken on humanitarian basis was made to facilitate passengers willing to return to their home countries.

“The booking for the flights have begun and people will be provided with tickets on first come first basis,” he said.

Sharing details of the flights, the spokesman said that PK-781 would leave for Toronto from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore on March 27.

“Flight PK 709 will leave for Manchester on March 28 from Islamabad International Airport while another flight (PK757) will leave from the airport on the same day for London,”he said adding that the third flight (PK-9791) on the day would leave for Birmingham from the airport.

The spokesman said that all four flights would return empty after dropping the passengers at their destined foreign airports.

Meanwhile, PIA will resume its domestic flight operations to Gilgit and Skardu on Thursday after a pause of two days.

According to a spokesperson of PIA, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, on the special directives of Prime miniser Imran Khan, permitted the national flag carrier to continue its flights to Gilgit and Skardu.

He maintained that the special permission was given to stay the northern areas connected with rest of the country.

As per a separate NOTAM issued by the CAA, “The government of Pakistan has decided to permit domestic flight operations to/for Islamabad International Airport for Gilgit and Skardu airports only with effect from March 26.”

Suspension of all domestic flight operations to/far all other airports will remain effective, read the statement.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had decided to operate four special international flights for United Kingdom (UK) and Canada as international operations remain suspended from the country amid coronavirus outbreak.

According to the national-flag carriers’ spokesman, the decision had been taken on humanitarian basis to facilitate passengers willing to return to their home countries.

“The booking for the flights have begun and people will be provided with tickets on first come first basis,” he had said.

In a bid to control spread of deadly coronavirus government has decided to suspended all types of flight including domestic and chartered flights in the country from March 26 to April 2.