PIA will expand aid operations for Pakistan stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic Pakistan | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said on Thursday that it would expand aid flight operations in an effort to repatriate stranded citizens across the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

After the decision, the PIA administration directed those who wanted to board this flight to approach the national airline.

In accordance with the details of the schedule delivered by the airline spokesperson, the PIA fight will bring back displaced citizens from Denmark on April 10.

On April 11, three flights will operate, with the first returning 125 Pakistanis from Azerbaijan.

On the same day, another flight will bring back 175 Pakistanis who have been trapped in Kuala Lumpur since 16 days. The flight will also bring staff and citizens of Malaysia and Singapore, said a PIA spokesman.

The third flight, scheduled for April 11, will also take French citizens out of Pakistan.

On April 12, aid flights will depart for Tokyo, carrying Japanese citizens and basic necessities.

200 stranded Pakistanis will be repatriated from Bangkok via relief flights on April 13.

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The flight schedule came after the Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) settled its dispute with the PIA regarding the alleged unavailability of safety equipment for airline staff members. The pilot association had previously boycotted flight operations because of safety concerns.

Despite a general suspension from international aviation operations under the direction of the government, in early April, national airlines were allowed to repatriate displaced citizens through limited aid flights.

The airline spokesman told the media that according to strategy, all repatriated flights would initially land at Islamabad airport. After the flight landed, all passengers will be tested in the airport lounge and transferred to the local hotel for six hours, he added.

All passengers who are declared virus negative will be allowed to continue on their way home; everything else will be transferred to quarantine.

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

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