PIA special flights operation picks up pace
The special flights' operation of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) picked up pace on Sunday as national carrier undertook several missions around the world.
A special PIA flight carrying stranded Pakistanis from Dubai landed at Islamabad International Airport on Sunday. The plane, flight PK212, was carrying 225 passengers.
As many as 393 passengers took off from Islamabad for British city of Manchester in PK701 flight while 310 passengers travelled from Islamabad to London in PK785.
The Government of Pakistan is also planning to operate more PIA flights as well as some foreign airlines to bring back the Pakistanis stranded in various countries.
More than 750 Pakistanis are awaiting evacuation from Washington. There are reports that the United States had allowed Pakistan to operate flights to take the stranded Pakistanis home.
There are reports that Pakistani authorities are in talks with the Qatar Airways to bring back the Pakistanis stranded in Washington by a special flight.
Also, for the first time, PIA is going to operate special flights to Australia and the South Korean capital, Seoul. PIA special flights will depart from Islamabad for Australia, Germany and South Korea on April 23, 24 and 25.
PIA’s special flight PK 8962 will depart from Islamabad for the Australian city of Melbourne to bring back more than 200 Pakistanis stranded there. PIA will also operate a special flight for Germany’s Frankfurt city to bring back more than 2,500 Pakistanis stranded there through PK8749.
A special PIA flight will bring back more than 200 Pakistanis stranded in the South Korean city of Seoul.
The government had so far brought back thousands of Pakistanis stranded in different countries in recent days.