Although airport operations in Pakistan have resumed, flights to select destinations in the Asian country remain suspended today, according to UAE-based airlines.
Trips bound for Pakistan are also now mostly fully booked, as airlines are trying to accommodate and prioritise passengers that were affected by the Pakistani air space closure last week. Due to the backlog, outbound UAE travellers are likely to get the earliest booking on March 11.
Emirates confirmed that trips to Sialkot are still cancelled, although flights to Lahore were reinstated only on Sunday.
“All flights have resumed with the exception of Sialkot. Lahore just resumed today,” an Emirates spokesperson said.
At flydubai, services on the Faisalabad, Sialkot and Multan routes also remain cancelled on Sunday and Monday.
However, flydubai flights to Karachi and Quetta will operate to schedule, the airline confirmed.
Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan, flights to all Pakistani airports from the UAE were cancelled on Wednesday, leaving scores of passengers stranded at terminals.
Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the national flag carrier to give priority to the passengers stranded in Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries.
Following the instructions, the statement said that PIA chief Air Marshal Arshad Malik assured the government that “every possible effort will be carried out to clear the backlog within the shortest possible span of time”.
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