Published On: Sun, Mar 3rd, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad

Flights operation partially resumed

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed authorities to bring stranded passengers back to Pakistan after passage of more than 48 hours of suspension of airspace amid spiking tension with neighbouring India, Pakistan on Saturday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has specially directed to help the Pakistanis stranded in the Gulf countries due to suspension of flight operations to bring them back home.  Currently, 6000 stranded passengers in different Gulf countries have reached home through different commercial flight.

Holidays of operational staff of PIA have been suspended and commercial flight operations at Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta airports have been partially resumed. However, the CAA has decided to keep Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore closed till March 4 in view of the prevailing security situation.

The facilities have been made available for international and domestic routes at these airports while other airports including Sialkot Multan, Gilgit Baltistan are slated to be reopened for flight operations soon.

PIA Spokesman told that PIA has started flight operations after the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He added that nearly 6000 stranded passengers reached country.

Moreover, all international flights, which were being redirected to take longer routes by not crossing over the airspace of Pakistan, have been permitted and informed to resume their operations normally from 4pm onwards on Saturday.

Pakistan has closed its airspace around 12.30pm on Wednesday due to the prevailing security situation with India, leaving thousands of air travellers affected due to the cancellation of their flights.