SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudi officials have allowed Afghan airlines to operate emergency flights to repatriate Afghan nationals stranded in Saudi Arabia.
According to a foreign news agency, the Saudi government has approved the Afghan airline to operate nine emergency flights.
In view of the permission granted to Afghan Airlines, emergency flights will be operated from Saudi Arabia to Kabul.
According to a statement issued by the Afghan embassy in Saudi Arabia, Saudi aviation authorities have authorized emergency flights to repatriate Afghan nationals stranded in Saudi Arabia due to Covid-19.
It should be noted that the Taliban government in Afghanistan had appealed to international airlines to resume international flights.
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of the Taliban’s interim government in Afghanistan called on international airlines to resume international flights, assuring full co-operation to the airlines and saying that the problems at Kabul airport had been resolved.
Earlier in December 2020, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) recommenced its flight operation from Saudi Arabia.
Previously, Saudi Arabia had imposed a restriction on the international flight services on 21st December due to spread of Covid-19.
According to the PIA spokesperson, Riyadh has only allowed one way flights to bring back stranded Pakistanis. It has permitted foreign airlines to operate their flights and can carry Non-Saudi passengers with them.
PIA CEO Arshad Malik had said, “It is a national responsibility to bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad.”
Moreover, the Saudi Arabian authorities have instructed the crew of the airlines to prohibit physical contact with ground operation staff and none of them should be leaving their aircrafts.