KARACHI: On Saturday the Pakistani aviation authorities ordered airports to limit international flights operating in the country to the cities of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, local media reported.
International flights in Peshawar, Gwadar, Quetta, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Multan will no longer be operational, authorities said. It would also halt international flights to Sukkur and Bahawalpur, the authorities added.
All international flight operations in Karachi and Islamabad will operate from 12 noon till 7 in the evening, according to the instructions given. This time it will be from 1:30pm to 8 at night at Lahore airport.
The international flights to Karachi will be diverted to Quetta, authorities said. Aviation sources told local media that their operations under the new program were planned by foreign carriers.
The Pakistan International Airlines is also working on a plan to bring passengers landing in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to their intended destinations, according to these sources.