Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has arranged an emergency flight to Aleppo, Syria, to transport Pakistanis who have become stranded there.
The national flag carrier finalized preparations to operate an emergency trip to Aleppo city at the request of Pakistan’s envoy to Syria.
The Pakistani envoy had addressed a letter to the PIA CEO and the government proposing that special planes be operated to Aleppo to transport Pakistanis.
PIA arranged a flight on June 13 in response to the aviation minister’s directions. Pakistanis would be transferred by bus from Damascus to Aleppo in the first phase.
The citizens would be removed from Aleppo on a PIA airplane, according to the aviation minister. Within 24 hours, all pilgrims will begin flying back to their homes.
After Israeli forces bombarded Damascus airport, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged the authorities to secure the quick repatriation of Pakistanis stuck in Syria.
Due to substantial damage to Damascus airport caused by Israeli airstrikes, flight operations in Syria have been halted. Due to the suspension of airline operations, about 160 Pakistanis are stranded in Syria.
The foreign minister issued a statement ordering the Pakistan Embassy in Syria to secure the immediate repatriation of stranded Pakistanis.