PESHAWAR – Airport Manager Tahir Sikander on Wednesday said that flight operation at the Bacha Khan International Airport remained intact and no flight has been diverted to other cities.
"There is no change in flight schedule in the wake of late night firing incident at a PIA Peshawar-bound flight from Riyadh which claimed life of a woman passenger and injured two flight stewards,” he told this news service. He rejected reports about diversion of international flights to other cities of Pakistan.
He said only one flight coming from Malaysia was diverted late Tuesday night soon after the firing incident. However on Wednesday, the flight schedule is intact and all the flights coming and going from Bacha Khan Airport will proceed in accordance with announced timing, he said. The manager said that investigation was in progress to find out whether the incident was accidental due to aerial firing or intentional.
He said that the aerial firing was a tradition of this area where the plane was hit and final result depends on finding of the investigation. The manager said that the security forces have well combed the adjoining areas of the Bacha Khan Airport soon after the firing incident. As the incident happened, a thorough search operation was also launched and now security has also been enhanced in these areas to ensure safety of the aero-planes.