Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had to reschedule many of its flights today due to the sudden closure of the runway at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The delayed flights included those bound for Dubai, Copenhagen, Manchester, Delhi, and Karachi.
The reason for the closure was a massive crack that appeared on the runway. Sources have told ProPakistani that on Tuesday, airline pilots identified a crack at a very critical point on the runway.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) closed the runway and started to repair it right away. The repair work was completed in a little over 2 hours.
According to the CAA officials, the runway was closed at 11 am and was reopened at 1:30 pm.
The airline’s staff facilitated the passengers under the supervision of the Station Manager while they were waiting for their flights. They were served refreshments during the delay as well.
The airline also announced that the flights will resume as soon as they receive orders from the CAA to open the runway.
The national flag carrier also extended apologies for the delay in flights.
A few days back, PIA made headlines for stranding 40 passengers at Medina airport while departing for Islamabad. The passengers, including women, did not have anywhere to go, as the airline did not arrange any hotel for them to stay until another flight came to bring them home.