Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is considering partially restoring international flight operations starting from tomorrow. It is expected that a formal approval would be given by the National Security Committee (NSC) and Foreign Office to national flag carrier.
Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, PIA decided to suspend its international flight operations till 28th March. At first, the international flights will just operate from the New Islamabad International Airport.
Once the flight operations resume, 2 chartered flights carrying 400 passengers that includes the officials of the Canadian High Commission will take off from Islamabad to Toronto. Gloves and masks would be provided to all the passengers during the flight.
Then starting from 3rd April, PIA will partially resume commercial flights. The first flight will head from Islamabad to Toronto. Also, after 4th April, PIA is considering operating 3 commercial flights to the United Kingdom.
Precautionary measures are being taken by PIA to make sure that coronavirus is not transmitted in Pakistan from abroad. All the passengers coming into Pakistan will be screened and kept in quarantine.
The body temperatures of the passengers will be recorded before boarding. And the government is also mulling over ensuring mandatory coronavirus testing of all the passengers coming from abroad at arrival.
Preference will be given to passengers who had booking for 27th March and 28th March, for commercial flights. At the booking office of PIA and through online agents the tickets of the flights will be available.