Observer Report Islamabad
Amidst the uncertainty in Afghanistan, the Pakistan International Airlines is actively carrying out its operations from Kabul, having evacuated 1,100 people within two days with more such flights in the pipeline.
Considering the volume of demand, the national flag carrier increased the number of flights from five to 14 for this week.
Moreover, it has also converted its flights from previous Airbus A320 to much bigger Boeing 777 planes to evacuate a maximum number of people.
According to an official, the PIA had evacuated nearly 1,100 people from Kabul after which the airport was run over by the crowd and all airport setup got dismantled. The PIA has now coordinated with AFCENT and has just resumed its operations to Kabul, he added.
“The first flight after the takeover by Taliban has already reached Kabul and is scheduled to evacuate over 320 people of World Bank to Pakistan.”
The evacuation operation started after the panic among the foreign missions and a number of world institutions and companies stationed in Kabul, desiring to leave the country.
The Pakistan Embassy in Afghanistan immediately contacted the PIA which started planning
flights to Kabul to assist with the repatriation mission.