Depends from when the ban takes effect. Even if it was immediate I would imagine the rules would let airlines fly aircraft out of the EU if they'd flown in before the ban.If the ban was already in place yesterday afternoon I am surprised that the return flight to Islamabad was allowed to depart yesterday. We still have to comply with all European Union flight rules during the transition period this year. I see it left nearly four hours late, having arrived only twenty-five minutes late. Was this due to negotiation on whether they could fly? Took a standard route home, not avoiding EU airspace.
Will they be able to wet lease an aircraft before the next scheduled flight at the weekend? Plenty available at the moment!
Ban takes effect on 4th JulyDepends from when the ban takes effect. Even if it was immediate I would imagine the rules would let airlines fly aircraft out of the EU if they'd flown in before the ban.
TBH given the suppressed demand post-Covid, I doubt PIA will even wet lease aircraft in to operate the routes. At best they'd probably serve just 1 of LHR, BHX or MAN, with little chance of it being BHX.
PIA's own Twitter a/c advises eff. 1st July, but flights operating to LHR and MXP today, both currently in the air. FR24 blog post states ' It is unclear if the airline has received special dispensation from EASA or the UK CAA for this and other flights.' with ref to the LHR service.Ban takes effect on 4th July
They have two flights to Europe today (1st)