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PIA continues its relief flight operations to various countries

Muhammad Sudhir Chaudhry Deputy Bureau Chief Lahore

22nd Apr, 2020. 08:08 pm
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plane’s door opened ahead of landing.

PIA is continuing its relief flight operations to various countries bringing back Pakistanis and transporting expatriates to their home countries; major flights planned ahead for return of Pakistanis.

Aviation Division head by Minister for Aviation Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan has tasked PIA to mount additional flights on sectors from which they were reports that a number of Pakistanis are still stranded and need to be brought back. PIA has planned to operate new special flights commencing from next week from Algeria, Khartoum, Nairobi, Jeddah, Oman, Zurich, Amsterdam and Turkey to rescue stranded Pakistanis on these locations. It would be worth mentioning here that PIA is already operating relief flights to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Toronto, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur since April 03, 2020 after the suspension of flight operations consequent to the Corona outbreak. It would be also worth mentioning here that PIA also went to destinations which were not part of PIA’s regular network such as Chengdu in China, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Baku in Azerbaijan, Baghdad in Iraq and Trabzone in Turkey. From this week, PIA will be operating its first ever flight to Seoul in South Korea and touching the Australian continent by operating to Melbourne.

Spokesman of PIA has also confirmed that people who have confirmed tickets and could not travel due to flight restrictions will now be re-accomodate on these upcoming flights. In view of that he has urged all such passengers to immediately contact PIA Call Centre and get their Pakistan Contact numbers registered with them so that they can be contacted and adjusted accordingly or may be informed for any flight schedule change, confirmations or cancellations. Spokesman PIA also said that there was an adverse feedback on fares of PIA, which though were unfortunate but were based on the high cost of operations. However the same have been drastically reduced by PIA after CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik took personally notice into the matter. New fares are already updated in the system.

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