Afghan Authorities Hold PIA Aircraft at Kabul Airport for Several Hours

Afghan authorities have finally allowed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight to take off from the Kabul airport after halting it for two and a half hours.

The Kabul-Islamabad PK-250 flight was ready to take off with 162 passengers on board, but the airport authorities in the Afghan capital denied clearance.


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As per sources, the plane was not allowed to use the longer runway at the airport, and the aircraft remained stranded for nearly three hours. Passengers onboard were also not allowed to leave the aircraft.


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The flight was scheduled to depart at 11:40 am but was allowed to take off at around 2:12 pm after the intervention from higher authorities.

While Kabul authorities said that the delay was due to runway maintenance, Gulf airlines were allowed to use the same runway an hour before PIA’s ATR.

The matter resolved only after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi took it up with the Afghan counterpart in Istanbul, Turkey. The leadership of the two countries is attending the two-day Heart of Asia Conference there.


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