PIA revises, cancels flights due to fog

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KARACHI: Due to the dense fog and smog prevailing in the country, some flights of the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operating on Wednesday and Thursday have been revised and a few cancelled, PIA spokesman said on Tuesday.

The spokesman said that the weather condition is expected to prevail for the next few days and is beyond the control of the airline. PIA has to adjust the timings of its flights due to such weather conditions, as the airline cannot operate flights with poor visibility and also keeping in view the safety requirements, he added.

This, the spokesman said, results in either cancellation of the flights or flights operated with delays.

The following flights have been revised for Wednesday, November 8, due to weather conditions:

PK 650, PK651 Lahore-Islamabad-Lahore will operate with a delay of 2 hours, PK304-305 Karachi-Lahore-Karachi will operate with a delay of 1 hour while PK 307 Lahore -Karachi and PK 312 Karachi-Lahore have been cancelled.

Meanwhile following flights have been revised for Thursday, November 9, due to expected adverse weather conditions:

PK 650, PK651 Lahore-Islamabad-Lahore will operate with a delay of 2 hours whereas PK451 and PK 452 Islamabad-Skardu-Islamabad will operate 2 hours early of the scheduled time.

The flights that have been cancelled are: PK 390 & PK391 Karachi-Sukkur-Islamabad-Sukkur-Karachi, PK588 and PK589 Karachi -Bahawalpur-Karachi, PK 582 and PK 583 Karachi-Rahim Yar Khan- Karachi, PK 651 and PK 652 Lahore-Bahawalpur-Lahore, PK584 and PK 585 Karachi-Dera Ghazi Khan-Karachi.

The passengers are being informed by PIA call centre, the spokesman said, adding that the passengers can also confirm the revised timings of their flights before reaching airports from PIA call centre at 111-786-786.

Passengers are also requested to provide their contact numbers at the time of booking, PIA spokesman concluded.