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Flight operations resume at Islamabad airport after 38-hour Internet disruption

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published
Damon Campbell | 08 August, 2017, 00:49

"The cable is still being repaired and internet connectivity in other affected countries will be restored in a few hours", Naqi added.

According to an official of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), internet services have been restored across the country after the worldwide company dealing with the undersea cable fixed the fault.

PTCL has undertaken measures to arrange additional/alternate bandwidth through other cable systems & global cable business partners.

The disruption prevented airport officials confirming flight schedules and ticket bookings, as a result of which at least eight domestic and worldwide flights at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto global Airport were cancelled earlier on Sunday.

"We have successfully arranged for additional bandwidth through our worldwide cable systems & partners".

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"For most of Sunday, PIA's main source had not been restored and we were running on our back-up system but it is up and running on the PTCL system now", he said.

The disruption in the India-Middle East-Western Europe submarine cable prevented airport officials confirming flight schedules and ticket bookings, as a result of which at least eight flights domestic and global flights were cancelled earlier today, Dawn news quoted airport officials as saying.

Dubai-Islamabad flight PA211, Karachi-Islamabad flight PK368, Jeddah-Islamabad flight 742 and Madina-Islamabad flight NL706 were also cancelled.

'Due to this, customers will experience slow internet browsing. "Realising the importance of steady internet and other ICT services NTC arranged alternate means of communication", he added while talking to APP.

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