PIA suspended all of its international flights before 28 March. This move will be implemented at 8 pm tonight (Sunday).
This does not mean that Pakistani airspace has been closed, PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan has explained to media sources.
He said the move is to curb the coronavirus spread. Several cases were reported in Pakistan in people who had traveled abroad.
The spokeswoman said all flights were cancelled and tickets will be refunded. There will be no charge if people decide to change their tickets to a date after March 28, he said.
The airline must decide after March 28 whether the closure will be prolonged.
This is already sending reminders about the cancellations and contacting the passengers.
Khan said the move was also partly in response to Pakistan’s requirement to provide coronavirus check certificates for all incoming passengers, which had created uncertainty and difficulties.
We will halt flights until a strategy is established, and then things will be better in a week, he said.
He requested people to wait a few days to get their tickets changed. You can re-book them with no extra charges when flights normalise, he said.