PIA to operate 26 international flights from Thursday
UK changes schedule of planned chartered operations from Pakistan
In a major development, the national flag carrier decided to operate 26 special international flights during the next four days – April 30 to May 3 – to facilitate those affected by lockdown, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.
Five flights have been scheduled for April 30 (Thursday) which is the first day of the planned operation, the details of which are: PK-8709 Lahore to Manchester, PK-701 Islamabad to Manchester, PK-798 Islamabad to Toronto, PK-782 Toronto to Islamabad and PK-8872 Islamabad to Hong Kong.
According to the schedule available so far, six lights are planned for May 1: PK-8757 Lahore-London, PK-785 Islamabad-London, PK-8791 Islamabad-Birmingham, PK-701 Islamabad-Manchester, PK-8221 Faisalabad-Dubai and PK-8225 Karachi-Muscat.
Meanwhile, the UK High Commission in Islamabad in a series of tweets said they had changed the schedule of upcoming chartered flights from Islamabad and Lahore.
UPDATE for British nationals flying after 30 April - We have changed the dates of the upcoming #UKPkRepatFlights departing from Islamabad and Lahore. Please see our Travel Advice for the new dates. https://t.co/vbzwdvzxRe 1/3— UKinPakistan🇬🇧🇵🇰 #StayHomeSaveLives (@ukinpakistan) April 29, 2020
Quoting the tweet, UK High Commissioner said the move was aimed at allowing as many more Brits to get home as possible.
According to the UK High Commission, there was no need for reregistering if the intending passengers had already registered.
“If you have a confirmed seat on a flight that has changed date, you still have a seat on the new flight. If you are waitlisted for a flight, you remain waitlisted.”
The revised scheduled of the nine planned chartered flights starting from Thursday (April 30) is:
Karachi-London Heathrow ----------------- April 30
Islamabad-London Heathrow ----------------- May 4
Islamabad-Manchester ----------------- April 30, May 2, 5, 6
Lahore-London Heathrow ----------------- May 3
Lahore-Manchester ----------------- May 5, 7
On the other hand, the Pakistan government on Wednesday allowed the UK’s chartered flights operation which would be run by the Qatar Airways.