PIA flies around 200 stranded from the US

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – May 12, 2020
ISLAMABAD: A special charter flight arranged by the government of Pakistan (GoP) in collaboration with the Pakistan international airlines (PIA) for repatriation of stranded Pakistanis left with around 200 passengers, Sunday, from Dulles international airport (IAD), Washington, DC.

According to an official statement, this is the first of 6 special charter flights being arranged by the government for the safe return of our stranded citizens in the United States (US).

Meanwhile, a US special charter flight will be taking around 150 Pakistani students, who had been in the US on various US-sponsored exchanges programmes, back to Pakistan on May 11.

Earlier, a number of stranded Pakistanis in the US were able to return to Pakistan using Qatar airways flights allowed especially by the government.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, was present at IAD to oversee arrangements for the inaugural flight and to bid farewell to passengers.

Speaking on the occasion, ambassador Khan said that the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis is a top priority for the GoP.

The Pakistan embassy in Washington and its consulates in the US will continue to take all possible measures to ensure safe and early return of all the Pakistanis desirous of returning home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The helplines set up by the embassy and its consulates for the facilitation of stranded Pakistanis will also continue to function till such time that all of them have been repatriated.

The second special charter flight for Karachi on May 13, 2020, will also depart from Washington (IAD).

The third special flight to Lahore will operate from Newark airport, New Jersey.

The GoP will also operate three more flights from the US for repatriation of Pakistani citizens.

Dates, cities of origin and destinations in Pakistan will be announced in due course of time.