Flight operations at Allama Iqbal International Airport were severely disrupted after a large flock of birds took over the Lahore airport. Videos from the airport show the birds flying around the runaway.


According to details, seven flights expected to land at the Lahore Airport were diverted to land in other cities due to the situation. A PIA flight coming from Paris was made to land at the Sialkot airport while PIA’s Jeddah-Lahore flight was diverted to Multan airport. An international flight coming from Doha was returned to its origin.

PIA’s spokesperson told the media that flights were diverted due to safety concerns and efforts are underway to end the bird strike.


The Lahore airport is surrounded by wedding halls, where leftover food is thrown in nearby areas. Birds gather to have a feast but they pose a substantial threat to planes.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reduce the price of luggage plastic wrapping to Rs 50 at all airports across the country.

Previously, rates of double wrapping were Rs400 while for the single wrapping, the airport authorities used to charge Rs200. CAA has made plastic wrapping of luggage mandatory for passengers travelling abroad.