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PIA passengers protest violation of social distancing rules during flight

CAA extends ban on international flight operations until May 15

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
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Posted: Apr 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
PIA passengers protest violation of social distancing rules during flight

Photo: Information Ministry/Twitter

PIA passengers protested against the national carrier after the rules of social distancing were not followed during a flight to Toronto.

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued strict SOPs to the airline that need to be implemented during all its special flights. The precautionary measures were issued to contain the coronavirus spread.

PIA, however, made passengers sit next to each other instead of leaving a one-seat gap.

The passengers complained that the airline was charging a whopping $3,000 for flights that previously cost $1,400 but still failed to take apt measures.

The PIA spokesperson, on the other hand, claimed that all safety measures were taken and the planes were disinfected. Passengers were also provided masks and gloves.

“The tickets were overpriced because the flight had to come back from Canada empty,” he added.

Additionally, the Civil Aviation Authority has extended the closure of all international flights till May 15 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Only special and cargo flights will be exempted from the order.

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6 Comments

  1. Kashif siddique  April 26, 2020 4:32 pm/ Reply

    Dear. Team please we needs to help pakistani people send them back home,
    Thank

  2. Hannia Sandhu  April 26, 2020 5:06 pm/ Reply

    They didn’t follow rules as they are ripping people in bad times charging them $3000 to get back home, and calling these flights special. Why will they follow rules, they will lose money by doing that. Pathetic, PIA is taking advantage of people wanting to get back home, well inshallah when the bad times subside than we all can remember & not take their flights at all. We are family of 5 stuck in Pakistan due to lock down & had to make a decision to send only one person back due to the cost of this so called special flights. RIDICULOUS & SHAMEFUL ACT.. planes are coming back empty but PIA knew this, keep a reasonable price.

  3. FarmanUllah  April 26, 2020 5:37 pm/ Reply

    I need tecket i 1 months befor form book but he not call me please help me my visit visa expeie and i have no balance

  4. BABAR SHAHZAD b_ shehzad @yahoo.c  April 27, 2020 5:17 am/ Reply

    Pakistanis have a habit to criticize for nothinif God will send them in haven with out any question they will ask God why u sending us.
    I m sure if a forign airline tell them we will take u no seat no food u will stand from Lahore to canada they will say only one word
    Okay no problem. Shame on them .

  5. Taimoor Khan Afridi  April 27, 2020 5:28 am/ Reply

    Hello sir in madam
    I need your help i need ticket to go home i have emergency i need to go home because my work is stop i can’t do any think i have employees visa but my company is close sence tow month a go. Please can you help me thank you.
    Best regards taimoor khan Afridi.

  6. Muhammad Faisal  April 27, 2020 7:02 am/ Reply

    To whom it may concern..

    As we know Pakistan extended suspension of international flights till 15 may and given schedule for repatriation flights on covid.gov.pk. There is no any flight for kuwait, don’t know why?
    It’s my humble request to add flights from kuwait to Pakistan also.

    Thanks and regards,
    Muhammad Faisal from kuwait.
    Muhammad.mfz83@gmail.com

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