The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered private airline Shaheen Air International (SAI) to pay compensation to passengers who were stranded in China for over a week, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.
According to local media reports, a three-member bench of the Pakistan’s top court resumed the hearing of its ”suo-motu” notice on the matter on Tuesday.
Some 214 Pakistanis were stranded at China’s Guangzhou airport on July 29 due to a payment dispute between the SAI and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is Pakistan’s aviation regulator.
The passengers were brought back to Lahore through a SAI flight on Monday. The passengers reportedly faced severe difficulties and some of them even fell sick while in China.
The Supreme Court had ordered the SAI to not only bring back the stranded passengers back to Pakistan but also to compensate them fairly.
A top official of SAI blamed the CAA for the disaster and said that he would be able to respond after taking up the matter with the company’s finance department.
He further informed the apex court that the SAI would bear the passengers expenses.
The Supreme Court gave the SAI top official until Aug 20 to inform on how much compensation the airline company would pay to the affected passengers.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK