Karachi: The flight operations of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have been disturbed not due to the strike of its employees and torrential rains but bomb hoax that caused cancellation of eight flights on Friday.
The PIA spokesman confirmed that the PIA aircraft Boeing 747 had to be parked at an isolated bay for the security reasons after an unidentified caller informed regarding a bomb placed in the plane.
The departure of three international and four domestic flights were rescheduled while one flight from Lahore to Dubai PK 203 was cancelled and the passengers were brought to Karachi and were shifted to the connecting Karachi-Dubai flight PK 213 which left Karachi at Midnight. The expected time of departure of the flight initially was 10:10 PM.
Flight PK 304 was merged with PK 306 which took off for Lahore at 6:00 PM. Similarly PK 305 and PK 307 were also merged and the departure was rescheduled for 9:00 PM. The same aircraft had to perform flight PK 731 Karachi-Jeddah the expected time of departure was changed to 12:45 AM (Saturday) from 6:00 PM (Friday). While, departure of PK 743 Karachi-Madinah was also rescheduled for 10:15 PM which was schedule to leave at 6:45 PM.