Islamabad:  Smog-induced bad weather conditions have disrupted over 600 flights of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the first two weeks of November, an airline official said.

The smoggy weather conditions, which were prevailing in Punjab province were beyond the PIA’s control, so they had to either delay or cancel the flights, the airline spokesperson was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The affected areas included Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sialkot and Rahim Yar Khan, Xinhua news agency reported.

The PIA said that 83 flights were rescheduled, 82 re-routed, 17 diverted and 159 flights were cancelled due to poor visibility.

Another 200 flights were delayed to ensure the security requirements in the bad weather, it said.

The PIA official said that each plane is used for multiple flight operations, so their delay due to weather conditions, also affected 63 other flights in the areas where weather was suitable for takeoff, as the plane was…

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