Monday Jun 13 2022

PIA flight carrying stranded passengers in Syria reaches Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane. — AFP/File
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane. — AFP/File 

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, which was carrying stranded passengers in Syria due to the Israeli bombing of the Damascus Airport, has landed at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

The flight reached Karachi at 11pm with 169 passengers on board.

The flight departed on the special directives of Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. 

The PIA finalised plans to send a flight to Syria after a request was made via a letter by the Pakistani envoy in Damascus. The letter was addressed to the PIA CEO and the Government of Pakistan. 

Syria says major damage, runways unusable after Israel hits airport

On Saturday, Syria had confirmed major damage, including to runways at the Damascus International Airport, after it was closed for repairs due to Israeli air strikes.

The transport ministry said in a statement that runways were out of service.

Since the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes against its neighbour, targeting government troops as well as allied Iran-backed forces and fighters from Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah.