PIA transports over 21-ton relief items to Turkiye, Syria


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday transported over 21 tons of relief items quake hit areas of Turkiye and Syria where earthquake of magnitude 7.8 caused widespread destruction.

In a statement, A PIA spokesman said that two PIA planes carrying relief assistance on Wednesday morning left for Istanbul and Damascus from Islamabad.

“PIA flights PK-705 & PK-9135 carrying 7.4 tons and 14 tons of cargo (quake-relief assistance) departed from Islamabad to Istanbul and Damascus at 8:45 am and 10:30 respectively,” he informed.

The spokesman elaborated that the 14 tons of assistance, which had been dispatched to Damascus, also contained winter tents and blankets aimed at protecting the flood-affected people from the cold weather harshness.

On Tuesday, the national flag carrier had airlifted a 51-member team for Turkiye to participate in rescue and relief activities in the areas affected by the massive quake.

The PIA administration has already announced the delivery of relief goods free of charge on humanitarian grounds for Turkiye and Syria. The relief assistance can be delivered to PIA’s cargo terminals through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).