ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines has resumed flight operations to Gilgit; however, the national carrier will use a C-130 aircraft to facilitate flyers, instead of ATRs.
According to PIA, it has acquired the services of a C-130 aircraft from the Pakistan Air Force to carry out the flight operations to Gilgit. Reports said the decision was made on the orders of the federal government.
The C-130 flight PK-605 would fly to Gilgit at 11 am on Thursday.
PIA had grounded the whole fleet of ATR aircrafts after the crash of PK661 on Dec. 7 that killed all 47 people aboard. The flight operation to Giligt was also affected by the decision, because only ATR aircrafts were being used to operate flights between Islamabad and Gilgit.
The ATR aircrafts have been grounded for technical inspections.