LAHORE: A repair work of the main runway affected flight operations at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the runway was immediately closed for repair work after the captain of a Paris-Lahore flight informed the authorities of cracks he saw at the time of landing.
Owing to the maintenance, Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flights to Dubai, Oslo, Manchester, New Delhi and Karachi were delayed. Passengers of flights PK-303, PK-751 and PK-203 were shifted to the passengers’ lounge.
When contacted, a CAA spokesman apologised for the delay and reassured that “flight operations will be resumed as soon as possible”.
“Meanwhile, we are taking good care of the passengers,” he added.
In November 2018, a PIA aircraft veered off the runway at Panjgur Airport, Balochistan during landing.
As many as 57 passengers were aboard flight PK-517 that was heading to Panjgur from Karachi, however, all passengers remained safe.
The tyres of the aircraft were partially damaged in the incident.
PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik had also taken notice of the incident and sought a report in this regard. He had said anyone found responsible for the mishap would face action according to the law.