Two special flights left for Canada on Thursday at the request of the Canadian government amid suspension of flight operations in Pakistan due to the coronavirus.
Two PIA flights left from the Karachi and Lahore airports respectively and have 600 passengers on board. All passengers were screened for the novel virus symptoms before boarding and their luggage was also disinfected.
Prior to departing Toronto, the airport staff undertook extensive screening of passengers and their luggage was sprayed with disinfection, while the PIA’s top management was at the airport to monitor the situation.
Spokesperson PIA said that both flights from Canada will return to Pakistan without passengers, and has urged the public to constant PIA offices to reserve their flights, and prefer online bookings and ticketing to avoid crowds.
On the other hand, the government has extended the date of suspension of domestic flights from April 2 to April 11, but flights from Islamabad to Gilgit and Skardu will continue to operate as usual.