Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a new flight schedule to repatriate more than 10,000 Pakistanis stranded abroad.
The operation to rescue stranded Pakistanis will start next week in which several airlines including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will run 54 flights from June 16 to June 20 to bring back stranded Pakistanis from thirteen countries.
Out of these, PIA will run 35 flights, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Emirates are permitted to operate seven flights each, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways two each, and Malindo Air will operate one flight.
These flights will bring back Pakistanis from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, France, Iraq, and Kyrgyzstan.
The repatriation of thousands of Pakistanis during the pandemic is a long-standing issue. Since most countries haven’t fully restored international flight operations, bringing back Pakistani citizens from such countries has become a challenge for the government.