By Neil Halligan
Investigation launched into overbooked Saudi flight
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has denied media
reports that passengers were forced to stand in the aisles during a flight to Saudi
Reports in international media, including the BBC, cited
a report in Pakistan media that claimed that seven passengers were forced to
stand for the duration of the flight from Karachi to Medina.
“Media reports alleging that some passengers travelled
standing are exaggerated and baseless,” Danyal Gilani, general manager Public
Affairs, PIA, said in a statement to Arabian Business.
“It is not possible for anyone to travel like that in an
aircraft, regardless of the duration of the flight.”
He said the airline has, however, launched an investigation
into allegations that seven extra passengers booked on a flight
“The matter pertaining to the travel of more passengers
than the booked load on PK-743 on January 20, 2017 is under investigation,” Gilani
He added that said
PIA’s acting CEO Bernd Hildenbrand has ordered a thorough investigation into
the incident, and said “strict action would be taken against anyone found at
“PIA is committed to ensure the safety of the passengers
and cannot allow any incident to happen which compromises safety,” said Gilani.