Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has obtained special permission for additional flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the help of Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lt-Gen (retd) Bilal Akbar.
According to the details, the country manager of the national flag carrier meets the Vice President Economic Policy & Air Transport of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Under the directives of the chief executive officer (CEO) PIA, Air Marshal (retd) Arshad Malik, the national airline has increased its weekly flights from 33 to 48. PIA will now operate 48 weekly flights from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia.
According to the PIA spokesperson, these flights will include 8 flights to Dammam, 8 to Madinah, 9 to Riyadh and 23 to Jeddah. The purpose of the flights is to get more Pakistanis back to work after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
“PIA has always been at the forefront of meeting the travel needs of Pakistanis. If needed, we will get permission for more flights from the Saudi fraternal government,” said CEO Arshad Malik.
Earlier in August, Saudi Arabia had relaxed Covid-19 related restrictions for fully vaccinated expats, allowing them to directly enter the kingdom from countries facing travel bans including Pakistan.
The decision was applicable only to those foreigners who have a valid residency permit (iqama) and left the kingdom on exit and re-entry visa after taking two doses of vaccine against coronavirus from Saudi Arabia.
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