PIA airlifts 249 Pakistani nationals from China's Tianjin

08:33 PM | 13 Jul, 2020
PIA airlifts 249 Pakistani nationals from China's Tianjin

BEIJING – A special flight of PIA left Tianjin Binhai International airport last night to airlift 249 returning Pakistani nationals from Tianjin Municipality and adjoining areas to Pakistan.

In view of the disruption of commercial flight operations, it was PIA’s fourth special flight from China to transport Pakistani nationals back home.

In pursuance of instructions of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Embassy had shortlisted passengers with urgent travel requirements for early return.

The returning community members and students continued staying in China after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The Embassy remained in close contact with the Pakistani nationals in China and extended all possible assistance to them.

Special arrangements were made by the Embassy of Pakistan for the flight operation due to the prevalent quarantine requirements. A task force of Embassy officers was constituted to liaise with the PIA, relevant Chinese departments and Pakistani community members for finalising the arrangement of flight operations. Pakistan’s Ambassador was overseeing the flight arrangements at Tianjin Binhai International Airport.

The Embassy of Pakistan thanks the Chinese government and relevant authorities for their constant support to make this return successful.

All passengers upon arriving in Pakistan would be subject to relevant procedures of Government of Pakistan for containing the spread of disease.