By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai
ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday issued a notification stating international flights will remain suspended till May 31. In March, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended all international flights in the wake of the novel coronavirus.
A month later, the government extended the suspension of international and domestic flight operations till April 30 in line with the national strategy to stem the spread of novel coronavirus. However, during that period, PIA resumed its relief flights to repatriate stranded Pakistani nationals.
Federal Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 7,000 stranded Pakistani nationals will be repatriated before Eidul Fitr. He said thousands of stranded Pakistanis, including students, workers, members of Tableeghi Jamaat and pilgrims have been repatriated.
The minister further maintained that the Aviation Division operated 181 inbound flights, adding that at least 250 Pakistani students from Wuhan will be repatriated through special flights on Monday.