Karachi, November 15, 2017 (PPI-OT):Due to the weather conditions (dense fog and smog) prevailing in the country, especially in Southern Punjab and Upper Sindh for last fortnight PIA flight schedule was affected significantly. Since November 1- 15, 2017, nearly 604 PIA flights were disrupted. PIA Spokesman said on Wednesday.
Keeping in view the weather forecast with coordination of Meteorological Deptt PIA Management adopted a proactive approach to minimize the inconvenience caused to passengers. It involved rescheduling of flights and adjustment on alternate arrangements.
The passengers were timely informed by PIA Call Centre while regular timely updates were also issued to the both print and electronic media and social media as well. PIA did face some difficulty in conveying messages to passengers due unavailability of their contact numbers. It is therefore requested that all passengers must provide their contact numbers while making reservation. PIA regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers due to disruption of flights because of dense Fog/ Smog.
PIA Spokesman said that the weather conditions that prevailed for two weeks were beyond the control of airline. The affected areas included Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Gwadar, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Sialkot and Rahim Yar Khan. PIA adjusted its flights schedule based on 83 weather occurrences. During this period, as the airline could not operate flights due poor visibility and also keeping in view the safety requirements.
He said that these weather occurrences caused 159 flight cancellations, 17 diversions, 82 re-routing of flights and also more than 200 delays. PIA Spokesman further said that if one flight is delayed, as a consequence number of flights is affected as the same aircraft has to operate multiple flights. Due to this scenario, nearly 231 flights were also affected. PIA Spokesman concluded. (Mashhood Tajwar, Spokesman PIA)
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