PIA says no Plans to resume commercial flights to Kabul

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) denied that it would resume commercial flights from Islamabad to Kabul next week a spokeperson said on saturday.

Kabul airport was severely damaged during a chaotic evacuation of over 120,000 people that ended with the withdrawal of US forces on August 30. The Taliban have been scrambling to get it operating again with Qatari technical assistance.
“We have got all technical clearances for flight operations,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan says.

Moreover, the PIA spokesperson later issued a clarification and denied that the airline was resuming commercial flights.

In the last two days, Qatar Airways has operated two charter flights out of Kabul, carrying mostly foreigners and Afghans who missed being taken out during the evacuation. An Afghan airline resumed domestic flights last week.

The PIA had on Aug 16 suspended its flights to Afghanistan due to the uncertain security situation in the war-ravaged country and the mess prevailing at Kabul airport’s apron.

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