LAHORE - Pakistan International Airlines suffered a loss of millions of rupees on account of 150 passengers’ fair as it refused to issue boarding cards to them for a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday.

The airlines’ staff caused the loss to PIA for their personal benefits for the second time, sources in the Civil Aviation revealed.

It is worth mentioning here that the above staff refused to issue boarding cards to 63 passengers for a flight to the same destination a few days back allegedly for not paying them Rs 1,000 as gratification.

A senior officer of PIA said though on Wednesday passengers were stopped by the Protectorate of Immigration staff, but they were specially summoned by PIA staff to stop them so that they could justify their previous malpractice committed a few days back by refusing boarding cards to passengers.

The officer said that offloaded passengers next day travelled by Thai Airlines and the staff of Protectorate of Immigration also tried to stop them, but the airlines staff argued with them and asked them not to stop passengers after issuance of boarding cards.

On the other hand, the PIA staff was involved in calling the Protectorate of Immigration staff to stop passengers and they were stopped before issuance of boarding cards. By refusing boarding cards to 150 passengers, the PIA had to suffer a loss of Rs 4 to 5 million, said a PIA officer.