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PIA hires contract pilots to operate special flights

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 7, 2020 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
Posted: Apr 7, 2020 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
PIA hires contract pilots to operate special flights

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The Pakistan International Airline hired on Tuesday pilots on contract basis to operate its special flight to the United Kingdom.

According to the PIA spokesperson, all cabin and crew members in the flight were provided with essential security kits against the novel coronavirus.

“A special team comprising doctors and paramedics has been formed for screening and checkups of the staff members,” he said, adding that everyone is screened before and after boarding the plane.

The airplane and luggage was also disinfected.

The decision was taken after pilots of the company refused to fly. The Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association Club has been protesting against PIA for not adopting precautionary measures to protect its employees from COVID-19.

On Monday, four pilots and crew members were quarantined by health officials at Karachi’s airport. They were released after their coronavirus reports came out negative.

Pakistan has shut down all of its international and domestic flight operations. Only special flights have been exempted from the order.

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  1. Sufiyan shah  April 7, 2020 11:01 pm/ Reply

    What about those who are stuck in UAE can you just give them some respect coz they are also related to pakistan they wants to came back to there country nd I’m one of them.. Please re open the flights and do something for overseas who are in UAE.. Government should take some step forward to this please it’s a request.

  2. Sarfraz  April 8, 2020 11:46 am/ Reply


  3. Qaisar Zaman  April 8, 2020 2:36 pm/ Reply

    Thanks for flying us back via PK 701 to Manchester on the 7th April early morning after a lot of confusion and stressful uncertainty.

  4. Anonymous  April 8, 2020 7:28 pm/ Reply

    Please bring back the stranded Pakistanis in UAE . Some were on short visit visas there for holidays , and had return tickets of PIA for 23 march onwards and have since been locked there with no where to go .

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