ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) got a special permit to operate 21 more flights to Saudi Arabia.
According to the details, great progress has been made in the matter of special flights to Saudi Arabia. Last night, CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik asked the Prime Minister to help solve the problem of people’s anxiety and excessive rush.
After using high-level diplomatic means, the national airline was granted permission to operate more flights exclusively from Saudi Arabia.
With the intervention of the Prime Minister and the addition of 21 more flights to the system, the capacity of the Passengers in the PIA has increased to 25,500, the flights will leave for Saudi Arabia before September 30.
It may be recalled that the PIA had started booking on September 15 as soon as permission was granted, however, most of the residences which are expiring on September 30 have caused an extraordinary rush to PIA offices and agents. Some elements took advantage of this opportunity and started selling expensive tickets.
The CEO of PIA took notice of the matter and published the actual fares and sought permission for more flights, but only 13 flights were approved, compared to the 28 requested by Saudi officials.
It is to be noted that 23 weekly flights of PIA are departing from different cities of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia with a capacity of 12,000 people.
Now for the month of October, PIA has already requested the Saudi authorities to double its flights.
CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik said that PIA is especially grateful to the President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Minister of Aviation, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood and Zulfi Bukhari at a time when our compatriots are in dire straits.
He said that the PIA was in talks with the Foreign Ministry to talk to the Saudi authorities about extending their stay. In every difficult hour, the PIA stands shoulder to shoulder with the nation.