PIA Pilots taken into the forcible quarantine period by Sindh government
*ISLAMABAD: **PIA Pilots taken into the forcible quarantine period by Sindh government.*
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended its flight operations from Karachi in view of the Sindh government’s “forcible” quarantining of its pilots over fear that they might be coronavirus carriers.
On Saturday, PIA operated two special flights carrying nearly 600 British passengers to Manchester and London.
The flights left Pakistan as pressure built on British authorities to repatriate vulnerable citizens that were stuck in Pakistan as the government had banned international commercial flights for the period of March 21 to April 4.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the national flag carrier clarified its views on quarantining its aviation staff in Karachi.
“The PIA is strictly abiding by the instructions issued by the government,” its spokesperson said.
“The instructions include measures related to disinfecting the airplane as well as the crew’s health and safety,” the spokesperson added, noting that the federal government’s instructions were being followed at all airports in the country.
Referring to the quarantining of PIA pilots, he said that the incident that took place at Karachi airport was “contrary to the directives issued by the Government of Pakistan for aviation staff” and added that all the officials concerned were informed three hours prior the plane returned from London.