ISLAMABAD - The Emirates Airlines will resume its flight operations from Peshawar Airport from today (Thursday) but would restrict the flights during the daylight, The Nation learnt on Wednesday.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed that the flight operations of Emirates Airlines, which were suspended after the terrorist attack on PIA commercial plane, will resume form today (July 24) when the first flight will land at Bacha Khan Airport Peshawar.
Talking to this correspondent the CAA Spokesman Abid Qaimkhani said that all the necessary security measures have been taken for flights security and now the international airlines are resuming their flight operations.
Qaimkhani said that Etihad Airlines will also be resuming its flight operations from August 1, while Gulf Air, Qatar Airlines, Air Arabia and Fly Dubai have already resumed their flight operations to Peshawar. All these airlines will operate in daylight. He said Saudi Airline is the only airline which is yet to resume its flights to Peshawar and negotiations of CAA are underway with its management.
CAA Director General Muhammad Ali Gardezi has played vital role to convince the foreign airlines to resume their flight operations. He personally contacted all the CEOs of different airlines to ensure their cooperation in this regard.
Peshawar’s Bacha Khan Airport came under attack in June when militants fired shots at a PIA plane moments before it landed on the runway, killing one passenger and leaving two injured. After the attack the government has handed over the security of the country’s major airports to Pakistan Army and Rangers and both would assist Airport Security Force (ASF) to effectively secure the airports.
A joint security plan has been devised in consultation with corps commanders of the Pakistan Army under which security of the funnel area of major airports as well as other installations has been given to the army, as per announcement by Special Assistant to PM Shujaat Azeem. Now the military along with Rangers are clearing and securing adjoining areas of major airports.
Militants had also stormed Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport in June and staged hours long siege that left dozens dead and injured. Security was heightened and there is still red alert at the airports across the country after attacks on the Karachi and Peshawar airports.