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The rapid spread of cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom and Canada has prompted the government to withdraw its permission to fly four special flights to both countries by Pakistan International Airlines.
PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said in a statement on Thursday that, despite the recent increase in the number of reported cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom and Canada, the government had withdrawn the permission it granted to the PIA to operate its special flights to those countries, taking into account the health and safety of citizens.
Mr Hafeez said the PIA had canceled special flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Toronto in view of the government’s decision.
He said the PIA regretted the inconvenience caused to passengers but added that the safety and health of passengers and crew were always the primary concern for the national flag carrier.
“The changing dynamics may be regretful, but the pandemic is forcing authorities and governments globally to continuously review their strategies to fight this challenge and ensure maximum protection to the people,” he said.