ISLAMABAD: As many as 131 Pakistani nationals stranded in Abu Dhabi owing to the suspension of airline operations due to COVID-19 epidemic, reached Islamabad via a special flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
According to sources, the PIA’s special flight PK-8224 with 131 stranded Pakistanis and two bodies on board landed at Faisalabad International Airport.
Sources said that all the passengers and crew members have been shifted to a quarantine centre at a local hotel after screening and testing them for the coronavirus.
The sources added the passengers will be allowed to leave for their homes if their test results return negative.
Earlier, 50 Pakistani nationals stranded in Colombo owing to the suspension of airline operations due to COVID-19 epidemic, had reached Islamabad via a special flight of Sri Lankan Airlines.
Pakistan High Commission, Colombo coordinated with the government of Pakistan and local Sri Lankan authorities for the successful return of 50 stranded Pakistanis.
Deputy High Commissioner Tanvir Ahmad was present on behalf of the high commissioner to see off the departing Pakistanis at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo.
The returning nationals had thanked the Pakistan’s government and high commission for arranging their repatriation to the country.
On April 20, 1,500 Pakistanis were repatriated to Pakistan from the UAE. So far, the government of Pakistan has successfully brought back 3,418 Pakistanis from the UAE.
Pakistani authorities bring back its stranded nationals across the globe and so far 11,800 have been airlifted from the various countries.