Nearly two dozen flights from Islamabad cancelled due to PAF exercises

No official of PIA was available for comments


Our Correspondent September 21, 2016
Among other cancelled flights, two flights of Saudi Airlines bound for Jeddah, one each of Air Blue and Shaheen Air bound for Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI: Nearly two dozen flights from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport were suspended on Wednesday due to exercises carried out by Pakistan Air Force.

Since midnight to afternoon on September 22, as many as 23 flights were cancelled. Among these, 18 flights were of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and five were of other airlines.

Of the 18 PIA flights of PIA, 10 were scheduled to fly to the northern areas including Sakardu, Chitral, and Gilgit. Six flights were scheduled to fly to Gilgit and back, and two each from Chitral and Sakardu.

Among other cancelled flights, two flights of Saudi Airlines bound for Jeddah, one each of Air Blue and Shaheen Air bound for Karachi.

A senior official of Civil Aviation Authority on condition of anonymity said that the PIA had to cancel the flights after the Air Force decided to carry out exercises on Motorway.

He said that the PIA had informed the passengers ahead of time about the circumstances. No official of PIA was available for comments.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

COMMENTS (11)

aaaaa | 6 years ago | Reply @ali baba: Not you obviously, which is precisely the problem.
Humza | 6 years ago | Reply @Sandip: I don't think you understand the meaning of deterrence. The PAF has be on alert for any adventurism and India is known to use Afghanistan as a base too for such acts. India has been terrorizing innocent Kashmiris in occupied Indian held Kashmir but Pakistan cannot allow itself to be terrorized too. India may think it has fooled the world about oppression in occupied Indian Kashmir but if anything such treatment of people there has only increased awareness. No one wants war. It would be easier if India just realizes that it has to listen to the voice of the majority in occupied Kashmir. Why hold an entire region hostage for decades?
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