Pakistan Internation Airlines Spokesperson has clarified that there is no ban on Pakistani on flights to China. The spokesperson said that the news circulating on social media that it has banned Pakistanis from travelling to China on its special flights is not true. The social media fake news claimed that PIA has sold 20 flights on China route to a Chinese company. It also claimed that Pakistanis are banned and the fact that Chinese company is selling PIA tickets at a higher price.
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The spokesperson said that “consequent to COVID 19 pandemic, PIA’s regular flight operations to China is suspended as quarantine regulations in China are very stringent. PIA only operates with special permissions granted to it, to carry certain number of passengers on permissions obtained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Clarifying the flight for Chinese citizens the spokesperson said “a Chinese firm has also chartered a PIA plane for their citizens and has themselves obtained permissions to transport their nationals only, on Pakistan to China sector. Other nationalities including Pakistanis cannot go on that flight as quarantine regime for locals and foreigners are different in China. Hence the notion of neglecting our own citizens for commercial gain is untrue and uncalled for”.
PIA spokesperson said that the airline “is working very hard to resume regular flight schedule to China. To facilitate Pakistani nationals who intend to travel to China, PIA offices in Beijing are in touch with the Pakistan Embassy to get requisite permissions for flights operation to Chengdu and elsewhere. PIA has already dedicated the aircraft for the said operations, which will commence as soon as permissions are granted”.