RAWALPINDI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced a 10pc discount for doctors and paramedical staff throughout the country who have worked in hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak.
PIA Air CEO Marshal Arshad Malik said in his press release on Thursday that the purpose of offering discount air travel tickets was to recognize the services of doctors and paramedical staff and “pay tribute to frontline heroes who have fought against Covid-19.”
PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan said discount tickets would be available at the PIA office after showing a Pakistan Medical and Dental Colleges card before and after Eid.
On Wednesday, the PIA also announced a 15 kg increase in baggage for all classes on domestic flights on the eve of Eid.
The spokesman said that customers would be allowed 35kg of checked baggage free of charge on domestic flights. He said the increase was only for Eid.
The government restarted limited domestic flight operations at five major airports – Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta – on May 16 as part of easing coronavirus restrictions across the country.
The suspension of international flight operations, however, is extended until May 31.
The Aviation Division has issued standard operating procedures and guidelines for domestic passengers and charter flight operations. This includes disinfection of aircraft before boarding, an empty seat between passengers and the use of mandatory masks and the use of hand sanitizers.
Published in Dawn, May 22, 2020
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