KARACHI: After getting approval from Canadian Government, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume its direct flight operations to Toronto, Canada from next Sunday, said PIA spokesman here on Monday.
Canadian officials has allowed national carrier to resume its flights operation, which had been earlier restricted to cargo flights only owing to COVID waves. However, other travel related advisories pertaining to Canada will remain in place.
In first phase, PIA will start with three direct flights per week from Pakistan to Toronto. The airline will be following strict Standard Operating Procedures, assured by CEO PIA to Canadian Government. It would be worth mentioning that PIA has already vaccinated its entire crew and ground staff while it is now in the process to vaccinate all the airline employees.
CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik has instructed PIA officials to immediately start booking and it is expected that the first flight will resume from Sunday. PIA will operate flights from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad Stations to Toronto.
The passengers will be required to present COVID-19 vaccination certificate as well as COVID negative test result prior to travel.
The temporary restrictions had earlier been placed by Canadian authorities due to the COVID pandemic around the world.
The Passengers can purchase new tickets from Pakistan or utilize already purchased tickets subject to meeting the terms and conditions. Passengers can contact PIA Call Centre at 111-786-786 for further details, PIA spokesman concluded.