ISLAMABAD - Safety is paramount for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the operations of flights. The PIA management has issued strict instructions to its pilots and engineers to be more vigilant and not to compromise on safety particularly in tough weather conditions, a spokesman for the airline said here on Sunday.

“We apologise to our valuable passengers for the inconvenience and discomfort caused to them sometimes due to change in flight schedule under unavoidable circumstances and in the best interest and safety of the traveling public,” he said.

The expected time of departure (ETD) of Pk-303 on Saturday, Oct 20 from Lahore to Karachi was rescheduled because the aircraft Airbus A-310 on landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport developed technical fault.

One out of three hydraulic systems leaked and had to be fixed before the aircraft could take off safely.

Besides, the runway at the Jinnah International Airport also remained closed from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM so the flight take off was replanned.

“All safety precautions for a flight to take off are necessary as per international aviation practices and particularly after two devastating tragic air crash in Islamabad in which many families and people had to suffer irreparable loss of their dear ones,” he added.