PIA unveils Grand Plan to operate 103 flights in 15 days
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has devised a grand plan to bring back 20,000 Pakistanis by the next 15 days via 103 flights it has scheduled for the purpose, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.
The grand plan has been particularly aimed at bringing back thousands of Pakistanis stuck in Britain, Germany, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Muscat, Malaysia, and Oslo, who will now be able to return by May 9 to celebrate Eidul Fitr with their families.
However, all the incoming passengers will have to undergo the coronavirus testing process. On testing positive, a patient will be quarantined for a 14-day period.
PIA will be obliged to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) provided by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Meanwhile, a PIA plane carrying 62 Pakistanis stranded in Norway has returned to Islamabad. The passengers of flight PK772 have been shifted to a hospital as a precautionary measure amid coronavirus spread in the country.
Earlier Sunday, a PIA) flight took off from Australian city of Melbourne for Lahore. According to the Pakistan High Commission in Australia, the PIA plane took off from Melbourne Airport at 1.00 pm local time.
On this occasion, the Pakistani passengers praised Pakistan government and the PIA for their repatriation. The Pakistani High Commissioner and the Consul General saw off the Pakistani passengers.
The PIA plane departed for Australia on Friday last to bring back the stranded Pakistanis. A PIA spokesperson then said that a special flight, PK-8963, had departed for Melbourne for the first time in the history with more than 300 passengers on board including Australian nationals.
On April 22, PIA had decided to operate 53 special flights to facilitate Pakistanis stranded abroad. According to details, the flights would be operated for Algeria, Khartoum, Nairobi, Oman, Zurich, Amsterdam, Turkey and Jeddah to bring the Pakistani citizens back.
The PIA asked the passengers who were unable to travel to Pakistan from these destinations due to suspension of flight operations amid COVID-19 pandemic to contact the airline’s call centre and provide their local numbers for coordination.
The numbers would be used to inform the passengers regarding booking procedures, flight suspension and other details pertaining to changes made in the flight operations.