Shaheen Air flight carrying over 200 stranded Pakistanis takes off from China

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A Shaheen Air flight carrying over 200 Pakistanis, who were stranded at Guangzhou airport for over a week, took off from the Chinese port city Monday morning. The Shaheen Air flight is scheduled to reach Lahore late at night. On Sunday, Shaheen Air International decided to send its own aircraft for the rescue mission following reports that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was sending one of its airplanes to bring back the stranded countrymen. Earlier, it was reported that Shaheen Air had sought the help of PIA to bring back the stranded passengers. As many as 300 Pakistanis were stranded at the Chinese port city of Guangzhou after their Shaheen Air flight was abruptly cancelled on July 29, following a dispute over payment of arrears totalling over Rs1.5 billion between the airline and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Shaheen Air flight carrying over 200 stranded Pakistanis takes off from China
The airline’s international operations — except Hajj flights — were suspended several days ago by the CAA owing to the mounting debt. The stranded citizens faced immense difficulties amid the blame game between the CAA and Shaheen Air. A few of them also reportedly fell sick as they waited to return home. Further, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office of Pakistan had earlier said that with the cooperation of the Pakistani consul general, 214 passengers had reached home through an alternate flight whereas 46 preferred to return via Shaheen Air's next flight. The spokesperson added that Shaheen Air flights to Guanghzou scheduled for August 2 and 5 were also cancelled increasing the number of Pakistanis stranded at the airport. Shaheen Air provided accommodation to these passengers at a hotel in Guangzhou, he said, where they were also provided food.
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