At least seven flights of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) were cancelled and five others re-routed owing to the poor weather conditions dense fog and smog in the upper Sindh and lower Punjab region on Saturday, reports Dawn.
However, according to the Associated Press, experts are hopeful that winter rains starting next week will bring relief from weeks-long smog persisting in much of the country. The cancelled flights were Lahore-Islamabad (PK-650), Lahore-Bahawalpur-Lahore (PK-651 and PK-652), Karachi-Multan (PK-330), Karachi-Faisalabad-Karachi (PK-342 and PK-343) and Islamabad-Karachi (PK-373).
The re-routed flights were PK-296 which was operated from Abu Dhabi to Karachi instead of Abu Dhabi to Rahim Yar Khan-Lahore; PK-715 operated Karachi-Madina instead of Multan-Madina; PK-763 operated Karachi-Jeddah instead of Faisalabad-Jeddah; PK-295 flew directly from Lahore to Abu Dhabi instead of Rahim Yar Khan; and PK-725 flew from Islamabad to Riyadh instead of Lahore-Riyadh.
A PIA statement said the current weather conditions were expected to continue for the next few days and were beyond the control of the airline.
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