The national air carrier of Pakistan, PIA has announced that it will continue special flights to ferry citizens stranded in different parts of the world.
A list of standard operating procedures for international private airlines is released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for carrying out limited operations for the next five days.
The aviation sector has suffered a lot as COVID-19 has imposed flight restrictions. The sector has lost over Rs19 billion over the past month and a half.
PIA has lost over Rs12 billion in the last 45 days. An official said, “PIA lost Rs6.24 billion in March and another Rs6.2 billion in the first two weeks of April. CAA, meanwhile, lost Rs3.19 billion in March and Rs3.9 billion in the first two weeks of April.”
Adding, “Every day, the sector loses more than Rs670 million – PIA loses over Rs416 million and CAA loses almost Rs260 million. At this rate, we expect aviation sector losses will hit Rs23 billion in a week’s time.”
Here is the schedule of the next set of special flights. On April 17th and 18th, PIA would fly between Islamabad and Manchester. Also, the airline will bring back the citizens stuck in Dubai on April 17.
Two more PIA flights PK8852 and PK8894 will depart from Islamabad to Seoul South Korea on April 17. On April 18th a special flight will depart from Karachi to Jakarta while two flights will depart from Islamabad and Karachi to Toronto on April 15th and April 19th.
Until now PIA has conducted 14 special flights bringing back 175 Pakistani travelers since the operations started on 3rd April.