PIA Resume Flight Operations to Repatriate Stranded Pakistanis Abroad

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) received permission to partially resume its flight operations to help repatriate stranded citizens abroad.

In the first stage of operations, PIA will bring back a limited number of Pakistani travelers, the PIA spokesman said in an announcement.

PIA will initially fly stranded passengers from Canada and the United Kingdom that were destined to travel to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, the spokesperson said.

Limited flight operations from Toronto will resume on April 3, while UK operations will resume on April 4.

All repatriation flights will initially land at Islamabad airport, the spokesperson said. Once the flights land, all passengers will be screened in the airport lounges and transferred to a local hotel for six hours.

All passengers who are declared negative may return home; all others will be moved to quarantine.

All flights will be disinfected regularly and PIA will take all protocols to ensure the safety of its crew very seriously, the spokesperson said.

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