PIA Cancels Three Scheduled Flights to Kabul

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has cancelled Kabul to Islamabad flights that were scheduled today, August 23, 2021, because the airline did not get permission to operate flights from authorities.

According to the details, the national flag carrier had planned to operate three Kabul to Islamabad flights today with one Airbus A-320 and two Boeing 777 aircraft to bring stranded nationals and foreigners in Afghanistan.

The first flight was scheduled to leave for the Afghan capital at 11:00 am (PST) while the other two flights were expected to depart at 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm (local time) respectively. The three flights will bring back 600 passengers from Hamid Karzai International Airport to Islamabad International Airport, said PIA CEO.

EU, ADB Seek Help from PIA in Evacuating People from Kabul

PIA Suspends Kabul Flight Operations For Indefinite Period

The German military says a firefight broke out at the Kabul airport’s north gate early today between Afghan security forces and “unknown attackers.”

The military said in a tweet that one Afghan security officer was killed and another three were wounded in the early morning incident. It said that United States (US) and German forces then also got involved, and that there were no injuries to German soldiers.

The European Union (EU) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) had officially requested assistance from Pakistan International Airlines for the evacuation of people from Kabul to Islamabad

PIA Operates Two Special Flights To Kabul

Ambassador of the EU to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara in a letter to chief executive officer (CEO) PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik has sought PIA’s assistance for the evacuation of 420 people including children from Kabul to Islamabad. EU wants 251 people to be evacuated from Kabul to Islamabad by PIA on urgent basis.

ADB Director General for Central and West Asia Eugenue Zhukov, in a letter to PIA CEO, requested evacuation of 162 passengers who are ADB staff/dependents and Afghan nationals and remaining are Filipino nationals currently stranded in Afghanistan.

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