Chartered flights to take Brits back from Pakistan soon: British HC
April 15, 2020 01:15 PM
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner on Wednesday announced to start the chartered flights for stranded UK nationals in Pakistan soon.
He said in a video posted on twitter, “So far 7,758 passengers have gone to the UK in 22 flights in just nine days since April 4 amid the pandemic COVID-19 including some the most vulnerable. I know how stressful and difficult Pakistan’s suspension of international flights has been with so many British nationals aren’t to get home. A team is working round the clock to help.”
“I want to explain our approach and what we now going to do next. First, we worked with the government of Pakistan to keep some of the international flights running. PIA was the only airline permitted to operate to get stranded Brits home.”
“PIA yesterday told us that they no longer conduct daily flight to the UK. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab agreed to organize series of chartered flights to get back the stranded Brits in Pakistan. I will update you at the end of this week about the ticket cost and flights availability,” he added.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted that he spoke to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday to discuss how to get more people home from Pakistan as 7,550 people have returned in last 10 days on PIA flights. “Given options now closing, we will charter flights. We’ll share details in coming days via our travel advice,” he said.