Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has started operating special flights to Syria’s capital Damascus for citizens intending to observe Arbaeen.

In this regard, the first flight of the national airline, PK-9501 departed for Damascus, which contained some prominent individuals as well, including Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar, CEO PIA Arshad Malik and Syria’s envoy to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a Boeing-777 flight with 300 passengers on board also took off for Damascus for Arbaeen. The national flag carrier in a statement said that it will operate 12 direct flights for Najaf, two for Baghdad and four for Damascus from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports.

These special flights will be operated to Damascus till September 24. CEO Malik said that the operation has been launched to facilitate the citizens intending to observe Arbaeen.


In another development, PIA had earlier this week inducted first of the three Airbus 320 aircraft into its fleet with an aim to expand flight operation and provide better facilities to its passengers.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has acquired two new Airbus 320 aircrafts on dry lease from the Bank of Utah, US under the airline’s plan to upgrade its fleet with new versions of latest technology aircrafts that are fuel efficient as well.

One of the Airbus has reached Islamabad, while the second one will reach Pakistan in a couple of days.

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