13,000 Brits to leave Pakistan by Monday: Envoy
Four more chartered flights are scheduled to carry the British nationals back to their country from Pakistan in the next three days [April 25 to 27] with one of them Islamabad-Manchester planned for Saturday.
Around 12,000 Brits have so far managed to leave Pakistan via commercial and chartered flights. But the demand is high as more and more of them want to fly back home.
Therefore, the United Kingdom has planned another set of chartered flights in addition to the ongoing commercial operation of PIA.
In the first phase, the British government had assigned the task of 10 chartered flights to the Emirates which will complete on April 25.
In this connection, British High Commissioner Christian Turner in a tweet said around 10,500 Brits would leave Pakistan through commercial flights and another 2,500 via chartered ones by Monday.
10,500 + 2,500 people (by Monday) on flights from 🇵🇰 to 🇬🇧. 9 more Charter ✈️ next week, inc. 1 from Karachi. Please register by 1 May if you want to travel: https://t.co/njfeZi4Len— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) April 24, 2020
He said they had planned nine more chartered flights in the next batch which would be operated from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
According to the UK High Commission, the second round of chartered flights would be operated from April 30 to May 5 - one direct flight from Karachi to London Heathrow, four from Islamabad to Manchester, two from Lahore to Manchester, one from Islamabad to London Heathrow and one from Lahore to London Heathrow.
Karachi April 30
Islamabad April 30 and May 1, 2, 4, 5
Lahore May 1, 2, 5
“If you are on a short-term visit to Pakistan and have not already registered on our booking portal, you should take the earliest available opportunity to do so, as the portal will close on 1 May.”
“There is no guarantee that there will be further charter flights after the second round. Those already registered for charter flights from Islamabad and Lahore do not need to do so again. Passengers on existing waitlists will be prioritised for the second round of charters.”