PIA to fly iqama-holder Pakistanis to Saudi Arabia
March 14, 2020 03:51 PM
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Saturday decided to fly iqama-holder Pakistanis to Saudi Arabia.
The decision has been taken after Saudi Arabia announced a 72-hour ultimatum for iqama-holders (residents) from 12 countries, including Pakistan, to return to the Kingdom amid fears of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The PIA has completed all the arrangements to shift the iqama-holders (residents) and job persons to Saudi Arabia within the given timeframe. For PIA Boeing 777 and Airbus 320 planes are taking part in the special operation
The Airline will operate 10 special flights and 18 routine flights in two days to shift iqama-holders to Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan International Airline offices in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot and other areas of the country are now flooded with the passengers confirming about their tickets.
Earlier Saturday, PIA cancelled its 12 international flights from Lahore Airport. According to the Airlines, the decision was taken in light of the sharp drop in number of passengers and the ban imposed by Gulf countries on flights from other countries.
Aslo, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) barred five Pakistani airports from operating international flights. These airports were Peshawar, Quetta, Faisalabad, Multan and Sialkot.
Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore will handle international flights of these airports, the CAA added.