PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said in a statement that the service was a “special flight” meant to create “goodwill” with the people of Afghanistan and to “strengthen humanitarian efforts.”
The spokesperson clarified to CNN that this was “not an aid flight.” The PIA said the flight was handled by Kabul airport staff and that the flight’s name and number had been posted on a board at the airport.
However, it is still unclear whether it could be described as a “commercial” flight, as it is unclear whether people can actually buy a plane ticket.
PIA CEO Arshad Malik said the company would “hopefully” be able to restore full services soon.
Civilians have been scrambling to find safe passage from the country since the Taliban takeover in mid-August has thrown the US-led evacuation effort into disarray.
The PIA said the Boeing 777 had left Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city, at 6:45 a.m. local time after the Afghan civil aviation authorities and PIA staff had made special arrangements. separate.
A spokesperson told CNN. PIA’s CEO, Air Commodore Jawad Zafar, was also on board.