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Airlift suspends its services in Pakistan amid coronavirus outbreak

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

19th Mar, 2020. 12:07 am
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Airlift suspends services in Pakistan

Airlift has decided to temporarily suspends its services over epidemic outbreak of coronavirus.

According to the details, Airlift on Wednesday announced that it was suspending all operations in Karachi and Lahore until April 6, 2020.

Airlift said in the tweet, “With the rise of #COVID19 cases in Pakistan, Airlift has decided to act in the collective interest & suspend operations keeping in mind the health and safety of our passengers. Please avoid using public transportation, & practice #SocialDistanacing.”

In a statement issued to its users, Airlift said the decision to halt bus service operations is taken as an attempt to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The statement said, “This decision comes from Airlift’s commitment to putting the safety of its customers, pilots and teammates ahead of other considerations. Our team would like to take this opportunity to advise our passenger community to avoid crowded places, including buses. Crowded places in closed settings create a high-risk environment for contracting the COVID-19 virus. As a responsible organization, Airlift encourages passengers to adopt alternative modes of transport.”

The company also said that the pre-booked rides will be refunded.

SWVL has announced the suspension of intercity bus service which was already suspended by Sindh government. It will continue their intra-city bus service as per routine.

Meanwhile, Uber and Careem have confirmed that they will continue their operations across Pakistan for now.

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