Private airline owner summoned by SC over passengers stranded in China’s airport

LAHORE: The Supreme Court has summoned the owner of private airline on Tuesday, August 7, after the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of Pakistani passengers stranded at an airport in China earlier this week.

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As many as 300 Pakistanis were left stranded in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou after their privateAir 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). The airline’s international operations — except Haj flights — were suspended several days ago by the CAA owing to the mounting debt.

The airline, however, was granted special permission by the CAA to bring back stranded Pakistanis from China after Media brought to light the plight of the stranded passengers. Many were left with nowhere to go after their visas expired, while others complained they could not afford the more expensive tickets of alternative airlines.

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