Unusual Rush at Jeddah Airport, PIA issues official statement

The repatriation of Umrah pilgrims from Saudi Arabia has resulted in an unusual rush at the North Terminal of Jeddah Airport, which has severely affected the flight operation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

According to the details, the rush arose due to the transfer of flights to the northern terminal by the airport authorities after which all the international airlines are facing difficulties in checking the passengers. Sources said that flights to Pakistan are being delayed by three to seven hours due to the flight operation being affected.

When the flight operation was affected, the airport authorities were of the view that the rush was caused by the transfer of flights to the northern terminal by the airport authorities. Due to the unusual rush situation, all the international airlines are facing difficulties in checking the passengers.

Explaining the prevailing situation at the Jeddah airport, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan said passengers at the airport were facing difficulties in check-in as there were only four boarding gates at the North Terminal that were insufficient to handle the increased number of travelers. So, he said, the delay was expected in tonight’s (Tuesday) flights.

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The PIA management has taken an important step for Pakistanis who are facing difficulties due to unusual rush at Jeddah Airport. Abdullah Khan said officials in Jeddah were in constant contact with Saudi officials. Local PIA teams are working with airport authorities to minimize flight delays and CEO PIA is personally monitoring the situation.

CEO PIA telephoned Jeddah Airport officials, requesting assistance to facilitate passengers. Federal Minister of Aviation instructs the national flag carrier to provide hotels to passengers affected by delay.

For timely information regarding flights, passengers can contact PIA Station Manager Tariq Majeed +966 54 3203438 or Deputy Station Manager Khizar +966 55 4553342. Flight information can also be obtained from PIA’s call center 111 786 786, a PIA spokesman said.

Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique is also taking a moment-to-moment review of the situation so that the suffering of Pakistani passengers could be minimized. He said the PIA management extended an apology to passengers in advance and hoped the passengers would understand the situation and cooperate with the national flag carrier.

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It should be noted that a few days ago, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had instructed the Umrah pilgrims in the kingdom to follow the travel rules before returning so that they do not have to face any difficulty.

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