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PIA to operate 2nd commercial flight for Kabul tomorrow

KARACHI: 14, SEPTEMBER, 2021: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will operate its second commercial flight for Afghanistan tomorrow (Wednesday) after the Taliban takeover.

In this regard, all arrangements have been completed by Afghan aviation authorities. 

Sources informed that, the PIA flight would leave for Afghan capital airport from Islamabad International Airport on Wednesday at 9:00 am. 

The national flag carrier would operate its Boeing-777 aircraft for Kabul flight that would be boarded by members of international media outlets and others.

Confirming the flight operation, CEO PIA Arshad Malik said that "It was aimed that strengthening relations between the two countries." 

It is pertinent to mention here that, after the new government in Afghanistan, the first flight of PIA has reached at the Kabul International airport yesterday (September 13). 

The flight PK-6249 landed at Kabul airport at 9.45 am local time.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PIA, Air Marshal, Arshad Malik said that the "Flight has been sent to Kabul as a goodwill gesture between the two countries and to boost the operation on humanitarian grounds. 

He hoped for the complete revival of the flight operations between the two nations sooner. 

Last month, in view of the prevailing situation in Kabul, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Monday had temporarily suspended flight operation to Kabul.

The national flag carrier was scheduled to operate three special flights to Kabul today (Monday) to evacuate more Pakistanis and foreigners stranded in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

According to PIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arshad Malik, three PIA flights will bring back 600 passengers to Islamabad from the Afghan capital Kabul.

The govt sources told that Pakistan has taken special arrangements for its employees working in embassy in Afghanistan.

The first evacuation flight from Afghanistan post-Taliban takeover early Thursday flown out of Kabul over 150 officials into Pakistan including international diplomats, they added.

PIA spokesperson said, "Pakistanis, foreign diplomats, and officials from important international institutions were aboard the flight." 

The PIA chief executive Arshad Malik was personally overseeing the situation, he added. (04)

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