Bahawalpur: After a year, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) resumed flights between Karachi and Bahawalpur. Following the outbreak of Covid-19 across the region, the PIA halted flights to Bahawalpur in March 2020.

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According to PIA station manager Mansoor Lodhi, PIA’s 48-seat ATR aircraft carrying 24 passengers from Karachi landed here, and flight No 589-PK with 35 passengers returned to Karachi after a half-hour stoppage. The PIA and airport staff members greeted and escorted passengers and all who boarded flights from here upon their arrival.

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The dispatched passengers from Bahawalpur were accommodated in the aircraft in strict accordance with Covid-19 SOPs, according to the station manager, with the middle row remaining vacant. It may be recalled that the PIA began flying to Karachi twice a week, on Thursdays and Mondays, from the Bahawalpur airport. Meanwhile, residents, especially the business community, have demanded that PIA management resume flight operations from Bahawalpur airport to Lahore and Islamabad.

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