KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been allowed to conduct direct flight operation and airlift Pakistani nationals from the United State of America (USA).
The US Department of Transportation on Thursday issued special authorization to permit up to twelve round-trip or one-way planeload charter flights, carrying passengers and cargo, between a point or points outside the US and a point or points in the US.
The sources said that CEO PIA Arshad Malik formally requested the US authorities a week ago for the airlift of Pakistani passengers in the wake of COVID-19.
They said that it would be first time the PIA conducts direct US flight operation.
Due to restriction of direct US flights, the PIA planes have to get permission and clearance from EU countries.