The United States has been asked by Pakistan to operate special flights of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from the US. The aim of these flights will be to bring back stranded Pakistanis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pak embassy in Washington is asked to approach the State Department and the Department of Transportation and take their permission to operate special flights from the US and bring back stranded Pakistanis. The details regarding the flights will be decided later on.
Following the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik writing to the U.S embassy in Islamabad to operate PIA special flights and bring back stranded Pakistanis in the U.S, this move has been taken.
As per the CEO, PIA is one of the few airlines that has served the two countries for decades. Even though for the past few years PIA halted its operations to the US, Pak authorities were in touch with the US counterparts to resume routine operations.
Furthermore, he said that PIA is actively looking for approval for resuming flight operations to the U.S. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic it is even more necessary to operate air service on an urgent basis and bring back stranded citizens from both the countries.
He added that PIA holds a valid Foreign Air Carrier Permit. Also, the airline has given its application to US Department of Transportation for fresh security authority via its legal representatives back on Feb 7th.
At this stage PIA has offered its services to airlift stranded citizens on non-revenue basis to those whom tickets will not be sold. Also, in this matter all the security and safety protocols would be strictly followed.