PIA launches special flights to lift Pakistani nationals from Kabul airport

By: News Desk      Published: 05:15 PM, 15 Aug, 2021
PIA launches special flights to lift Pakistani nationals from Kabul airport

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has launched special flights operation to lift Pakistani nationals and foreigners from the Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, reported 24NewsHD TV channel quoting sources on Sunday.

Sources claimed IA to operate Boing 777 and for this PIA has sought permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as well.

PIA to operate flights for Kabul airport on August 15, 17, and 18 as soon as it gets the permission, sources said.

Officials familiar with the situation say PIA has continued its flight operation with Afghanistan with Airbus 320.

PIA CEO said, “PIA is living up to its legacy and commitment and is in touch with Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and Pakistan Embassy.”

PIA CEO said, “Pakistan CAA and Foreign Secretary, Foreign Office to assist our nationals in #Afghanistan. We shall leave no stone unturned. My crew is my hero by being at the forefront in this endeavour.”

Two PIA planes standard at Kabul airport 

Two PIA Planes Airbus and Boing-777 have been standard at Kabul Airport after Kabul airport closed suddenly amid the Taliban fighters present at the gates of Kabul

Moreover, Air India and Emirates flights from Dubai were not allowed to land at Kabul Airport. 

Sources say Kabul airport was shut down suddenly because two US Chinook helicopters and four C-130 were present at the airport.

PIA Spokesperson said that eight Pakistanis passengers without tickets, when reached the Kabul airport, pleaded to fly back to the country and hence adjusted. 

The PIA Spokesperson asked all Pakistani who are coming back to the country to contact the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul.

PIA Spokesperson Abdullah Khan further said that one PIA plane Boing 777 left Kabul airport carrying 329 passengers.  

In the latest tweet, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Masood khan said, “I deeply appreciate Pakistan Embassy Kabul’s officers and officials for rendering valuable services to help Pakistanis, Afghan nationals, and citizens of other countries in this risky and serious security situation. Bravo my team.” 

Reporter: Usman Javed Malik