Passengers, made to wait for hours, accuse PIA of flying Pakistani VIPs on ‘air safari’


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has found itself in the eye of a storm after many passengers accused one of its flights of taking VIPs on an ‘air cruise’ while making them wait for close to four hours.

Many passengers waiting for their flight at Skardu – a city in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of the country – were given boarding passes but said they kept waiting to get on a plane that had not even arrived. The intended plane was coming in from Islamabad and the flight time of 45 minutes stretched into several hours. According to a report in Pakistan-based Dawn, passengers were outraged and claimed that the plane meant for them had been diverted to take officials of Civil Aviation Authority on an aerial tour of K2, Nanga Parbat and other mountain peaks.

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