Karachi-bound PIA flight departs one hour early

Published: April 23, 2012
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Flight PK-351 scheduled to depart Peshawar for Karachi at 8:30am, but left the airport one hour ahead of time. PHOTO: FILE

Flight PK-351 scheduled to depart Peshawar for Karachi at 8:30am, but left the airport one hour ahead of time. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: A Karachi-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight departed an hour early from Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar, leaving many passengers behind.

Flight PK-351 was scheduled to depart Peshawar for Karachi at 8:30am, but left the airport one hour ahead of time.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, a PIA official said that they did not know the exact cause of the ‘ahead of scheduled time’ departure, but some passengers who had been left behind had complained to them and the matter was being investigated.

PIA Station Manager Ehsanullah said, “This flight which was scheduled for 7:30am, the schedule was given by PIA Karachi.”

Passengers said the delay in flights was a routine matter and the delay had caused them “fatigue of mind”, and business losses due to loss of time.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • Apr 23, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Late it is a problem, fast it is a problem.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 23, 2012 - 1:58PM

    No one notices the error? Captain, dispatcher, ground handling staff, check-in manager all ran with it? Wow

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  • Javeria Mahmood
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:00PM

    isn’t it funny

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  • Mahmood
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:09PM

    Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be some VIP who pressured the crew for the earlier flight…

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  • Polpot
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:09PM

    what PIA is now flying ahead of time?
    Or is it that the flight was 23 hours late?

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  • zalim singh
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:13PM

    early bird catches the worm…

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  • Haris
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Wow! I only heard about Flight Delays but never imagined there could be Flight ‘Rush’.
    Yet again, Pakistan has registered a History, cheers guys!

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  • Caution
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:16PM

    I bet some minister or big-wig was aboard the plane and said to the pilot, “Main a gya hu, ab uraooooo”

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  • Not me
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Probably they were making up for all the delayed flights…..

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  • bilal
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:23PM

    wow.. so now you will depart early from the scheduled time. How would the customers know what’s in PIA mind. Tik tok

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  • Ahsan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:24PM

    There is something seriously fishy going on in the Pakistan Aviation

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  • Maher
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Mashallah….. PIA and left BEFORE TIME , this should be headng of Millennium

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  • FF
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:33PM

    @Moise: It isn’t about late or fast..it’s about punctuality and organisation

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  • SaQiB
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Lolzzz………. thats an absolute miracle………………….. but one thing’s for sure…… PIA would never fly on time…………

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  • PIA
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:51PM

    amazing pia is advanced by an hour…good jestures for the future…be quick …good job ……………..
    i’m very happy to hear such good news…

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  • Anon
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:52PM

    lol

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 2:52PM

    so what were they running from exactly?

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  • Khalid Mahmood
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Why is PIA mismanaged? Unavoidable delay is understandable. But departure an hour ahead of schedule is unacceptable. Nevertheless, it happened to me once at Islamabad and PIA caused me to be stranded for a few hours at the airport. Earlier than scheduled departures do not happen in advanced countries. We are mimicking the West as regards culture and personal and sexual mores but are unable to be disciplined and efficient like them.

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Great initiative taken by the PIA. Now, people should quit complaining about delayed flights.

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  • yaz
    Apr 23, 2012 - 3:09PM

    Only in Pakistan!!

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 3:13PM

    All passengers were informed of early departure as flights were rescheduled, Media just creating hype

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  • Samad Bilwani
    Apr 23, 2012 - 3:20PM

    When would these people stop ripping us off and start earning halal!

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  • Mo Sheikh
    Apr 23, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Rehman Malik: Its the captains fault. Arrest him and place his name on ECL! :D

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  • ZYZE
    Apr 23, 2012 - 3:54PM

    it can happen only in Pakistan.
    Great Job.

    LOL…

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  • Muneeb
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Hahaha. What are these people upto? :p

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  • Abdul Ahad Khan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:05PM

    I was one of the passengers on the flight in question. Luckily, I had called the PIA reservation team by chance some days back where I was informed that my flight had been preponed. The ticket said 8:30 whereas the flight had been rescheduled for 7:30 AM.

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  • Abdul Ahad Khan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Look at the bright side though. At least we reached alive! :p

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 4:09PM

    @marium arif:
    Bhoja Airlines.

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Gosh! I thought the Flight Departure earlier as everyone one reached at the airport ahead of time and flight was already full before the time.

    I feel like I am too positive about Pakistan!

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Lol, wow, PIA at its best.You can now expect anything from them.

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  • Truth Teller
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Jazakallah!

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  • farhan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Day light saving timings has been implemented in PIA hehehe

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  • Hashmi
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Special thanks for all the mess to the current government. From grug frauds, to haj scandal, to memogate, to electricity, to petrol, to inflation, to a failed airline to a doomed railways…

    thank you Gillani and Zardari

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  • Ilyad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 5:50PM

    The flight must have been over booked so as soon as the check-in was complete they flew. The passenegers left behind would have been left behind any way.

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  • SM
    Apr 23, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Wow, given the propensity of the government to spin tales on its efficiency, its a wonder the PIA plane didnt head for the moon.

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  • gp65
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:12PM

    @PIA: “amazing pia is advanced by an hour…good jestures for the future…be quick …good job ……………..
    i’m very happy to hear such good news”

    This is NOT good news. This is bad for the passengers who missed the flight because they arrived in time for the 7:30 departure. It also reflects poorly on the airline that no-one realized the error.

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  • gp65
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:14PM

    @Ilyad: “The flight must have been over booked so as soon as the check-in was complete they flew. The passenegers left behind would have been left behind any way.”

    If someone has a confirmed booking, you cannot check in someone else instead. People who were left behind would have been entitled to fly.

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  • Malik
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:30PM

    In your face PIA CRITICS!!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:32PM

    One hour early or 23 hours late.

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  • major-ji
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:44PM

    For PIA once an ad in Uudu was ” BAKAMAL LOG LAJAWAB SERVICE” so proved it.

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  • justice to be done
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:48PM

    We are celebrating Eventful Aviation Week for sure ;)

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:56PM

    The flight was going to Peshwar. It was not an hour early, it was a day late.. :P

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  • Hit-Man
    Apr 23, 2012 - 7:31PM

    I am reminded of a joke that a boss was taking one of his employ to task for coming one hour late every day however the employ asked his boss to keep cool and told him that he also goes back home one hour early too. You can expect such a reply from the airlines as well.

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  • JudasPriest
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:48PM

    The thought clock has gone 1 hour ahead due to daylight saving!

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  • Ilyad
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:59PM

    @gp65: I think you have never been on an airline and especially PIA, they always overbook by 5% to 10% to cover for no shows and last minute releases by travel agents.

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