The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given special flight permission to Shaheen Air International (SAI) to immediately bring back Pakistanis, stranded in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
As many as 300 Pakistanis were left stranded in the port city of Guangzhou after their Shaheen Air flight was abruptly cancelled on July 29, following a dispute over payment of arrears between the airline and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The airline’s international operations except Haj flights were suspended several days ago by the CAA.
The airline, however, was granted special permission by the CAA to bring back stranded Pakistanis from China after media brought to light the plight of the passengers stranded in China. Many passengers were left with nowhere to go after their visas expired, while others complained they could not afford the more expensive tickets of alternative airlines. The stranded passengers, the majority of whom hail from Chaman district of Balochistan, had appealed to the Pakistani government to help them.
Shaheen Air International will bring back Pakistani passengers from Guangzhou, China via flight NL 892 and NL 891 on August 3, 2018, as stated by Shaheen Air International Marketing Director Zohaib Hassan.
He further added, “Reports about arresting of Passengers due to visa expiry are baseless. All the passengers are safe and sound. We have provided them with accommodation and food and they are being looked after well. After getting permission from Civil Aviation Authority CAA), our flight NL 892 will depart on August 3 from Lahore at 3 am and reach Guangzhou in the afternoon at 12 pm (CST).
“The same flight bearing number NL 891 will pick Pakistani passengers and depart from Guangzhou at 2 pm and reach Lahore airport at 6 pm,” he said.