PIA flights from Kabul carrying 390 more passengers arrive in Islamabad

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Two more Pakistan International Airlines flights carrying 390 passengers have arrived in Islamabad from Kabul, as part of Pakistan's efforts to evacuate people wishing to leave Afghanistan after a takeover by the Taliban.

The passengers belonged to 10 different countries, including diplomats from Germany and the Philippines, besides citizens from Pakistan and Afghanistan, the spokesperson for PIA said.

The first flight to arrive back was an Airbus jet, whereas the second one was a Boeing 777.

PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik himself accompanied the first flight out to Kabul Friday to boost the morale of the staff.

When the PIA flight entered Afghan airspace, it was given a warm welcome by the director general of the country's aviation authority, the PIA spokesperson said.

PIA flights from Kabul carrying 390 more passengers arrive in Islamabad

The PIA chief held meetings with the staff of the Afghan civil aviation authority and personnel from the NATO forces.

He also accompanied Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan in reviewing PIA's managerial and operational matters at the airport.

It is expected that Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar will permit more flights to Kabul. Meanwhile, the matter of extending flight operations to other cities is under deliberation.