Pakistan’s second-largest airline, Airblue, has decided to resume its international flights.
The airline has received relevant permissions from the Government of Pakistan and as soon as it has permissions from other governments, it will announce its flight schedule. It aims to fly to most of the cities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
This development comes in after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s approval to resume the commercial flight operations in the country.
Airblue had suspended its international and domestic flights from 15th of April till June 30th, 2020 as Pakistan had closed its airspace to international commercial flights in March following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country in late February.
On 12 June, Airblue announced that it is resuming its domestic flights. Currently, Airblue is operating two flights daily between Islamabad-Karachi and Lahore-Karachi, while the international flights are still on halt. Around 45% of flights of domestic schedules are operational.
Good news from our end, never ends!
Resuming our #International Operations with more safety, more comfort and complete peace of mind.
— Airblue (@airblueairline) June 22, 2020
Previously, on 16 May, PM Khan had ordered to restore the domestic flight operations after nearly 2 months of suspension to facilitate passengers on Eid-ul-Fitr.
International flights are resuming in 3 phases, with phase 1 consisting of restoration of flights from the Gulf region to expedite the repatriation of the unemployed Pakistani workers and laborers stranded in the region.
The government has already allowed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and some selected foreign airlines to operate special flights to repatriate stranded Pakistanis from around the world.