PIA flight operation from Lahore partially restored
Four PIA flights for Saudi Arabia and one for Islamabad left Allama Iqbal International Airport.
LAHORE (Dunya News) – The flight operation of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore has also been partially restored on early Monday morning, Dunya News reported.
A PIA flight from Islamabad landed at the Lahore airport and then returned back while four flights left for Saudi Arabia, two for Medina and two for Jeddah, to bring back over one thousand stranded Umrah pilgrims.
A PIA flight from Islamabad landed at the Lahore airport and then returned back while four flights left for Saudi Arabia. PIA’s flights PK-735 and PK-743 left Medina and PK-731 and 759 left for Jeddah to bring back over 1000 stranded Umrah pilgrims.
Two more international flights, one each for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, are expected to take off from the Allama Iqbal International Airport shortly.
Earlier, PIA’s flight operations on Sunday have been partially restored on the 6th day of the strike as the Federal government refused to back down from its stance. Seven flights of the national airlines are ready for services.
Meanwhile 1000 Umrah pilgrims stranded in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia finally arrived back to Pakistan. One of the flights reached Gilgit-Baltistan and returned back.
The pilgrims who faced severe problems due to the suspension of flights strongly complained about their distress.
According to the spokesperson for PIA, two Boeing 777 planes reached Islamabad. Flight PK7330 carried 400 while the other PK-760 transported 325 pilgrims back to the country. One flight of PIA carrying only 4 of the pilgrims arrived in Gilgit-Baltistan in the morning. According to the PIA spokesperson, the flight was full of passengers on its way back however.
Officials have stated that flights from airports of rest of the country will also be restored soon.
PIA flight operations were restored 2:00 am Sunday morning when two planes of the airlines left for Jeddah to pick up the stranded Umran pilgrims.
According to the spokesperson for the Federal government, the decision by PIA employees to resume duties, even though partially, was praiseworthy. He hoped that complete operations of the organization will be restored soon.