PIA CEO seeks US permission for direct special flights to New York

By: News Desk      Published: 11:09 AM, 25 Apr, 2020
PIA CEO seeks US permission for direct special flights to New York

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has contacted the US authorities seeking permission for direct special flights to New York to repatriate stranded Pakistanis.

PIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik in a letter sent to the State Department and the American ambassador in Islamabad sought clearance to operate special flights. He said the PIA will use Boeing 777 for these flights.

The PIA CEO also said that the planes will take Americans stuck in Pakistan to New York and will bring back Pakistanis stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The CEO also cited a recent audit of the PIA conducted by America’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security in which the TSA expressed the satisfaction about the functioning of the Pakistan airline.

The TSA also endorsed PIA’s security and safety system, the CEO added.

According to reports, the Pakistani embassy in Wash­ing­ton has been directed to approach the State Depart­ment and the Department of Transportation to seek permission for special flights from the US to bring back the stranded Pakistanis.

The CEO said the PIA had been one of the few airlines that had been serving the two countries for decades. However, for the last few years the PIA had stop­ped its routine operations for the US, although the Pak­is­tani authorities had been in touch with their US counterparts to resume routine operations and were still maintaining staff in New York.