PIA Passenger Sets Luggage on Fire to Protest Cancelled Flight

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A PIA passenger sets his luggage on fire to protest against the cancellation of flight at the Islamabad International airport on Thursday.

Gilgit-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-607 scheduled for 7 am was first delayed due to technical reasons and cancelled later due to bad weather.

PIA passengers started chanting slogans against the national airline carrier. However, one PIA passenger sets his luggage on fire.


A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson told media that the fire was put out by CAA fire fighters.

A video of the passengers arguing with PIA staff and pushing a senior staffer was uploaded on social media. The protesters were told that a special flight will be operated for them on Friday.

CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik talked to GB Law Minister Aurangzeb Khan, who was also going to travel on the PIA delayed flight. The minister was informed that the flight had been cancelled due to bad weather. Another GB minister was also accompanying him.

He said the passengers were moved to hotels for the night and assured that a special flight will be operated for them on Friday.

He further said, “No airline can risk flying a passenger plane in bad weather.”

 

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