As Lahore gets denser, Allama Iqbal International airport forced to reschedule flights causing overcrowding
On the 27th of December, Lahore was again ranked as the most polluted city and the Civil Aviation Authority was forced to reschedule flights. On the 27th of December, two flights were cancelled at the Allama Iqbal International airport due to fog and the reconstruction of its main runway.
It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority announced the runway’s closure for the reconstruction and upgradation work. It has been ten months since the runway is under construction. Hundreds of passengers were seen stranded at the airport amid the flight cancellation as they waited for departures. At the same time, Gulf News’s report claimed that passengers, angered by long queues and the long wait, hurled abuses at the ground staff as they gathered in the lobby to raise slogans against the pilots.
Gulf News had also quoted an eyewitness saying, “People who had been packed into the reservation area for hours became angry and some tried to forcibly get to the front of the queues, resulting in some hand fights.” On the other hand, the president of the pilots union, Zia Kazmi, has said that the pilots were sorry for the sufferings of passengers.