After receiving a go-ahead from the United States, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has operated a direct flight between Pakistan and the USA. PIA flight PK-8711 departed for New Jersey from Islamabad, carrying 207 passengers.
PIA Spokesperson, Abdullah Hafeez, said in a statement that this was the first time a Pakistani aircraft operated a direct flight to this destination.
PIA flight PK-8711 carrying more than 200 passengers departed for New Jersey. PIA sought permission to operate direct flights to USA. If permission to operate direct flights is granted on a permanent basis, PIA intends to resume direct flights to America.
Since 9/11, the US had banned all direct flights from various countries including Pakistan due to security reasons.
Special permission was granted to PIA by the US department of transportation to operate 12 round-trips, one-way passenger or cargo flights till Apr 29, 2021.
The PIA management, however, will make special security arrangements, including scanning passengers and crew members before boarding the flight.