ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been allowed to operate direct flights to the United States to bring back stranded citizens.
PIA Chief Operating Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik wrote a letter to the US ambassador and the State Department seeking permission to operate special flights to repatriate Pakistanis stranded in the US.
The permission was granted by the US Transport Department on Pakistan’s request to repatriate its stranded citizens, allowing PIA to operate as many as 12 flights in a month
PIA spokesperson said that the permission was granted to Pakistan by the US after improvement in the security situation. CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Ministry and Aviation Ministry for taking the issue with the US.
The national flag carrier is continuing its operations to bring back stranded Pakistani expats across the globe and so far 11,700 have been airlifted from the various countries.