RAWALPINDI: The government has decided to repatriate more than 3,000 Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia with 16 special flights to be operated by Pakistan International Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines from 1 to 10 June.
The government has also decided to increase domestic flight operations from 20-22 percent of what was before the coronavirus outbreak to 40-45pc.
The Aviation Division said the decision had been taken in view of the increasing public demand for air travel and smart locking observed by federal and provincial governments. It said the decision was the result of public trust because the best health precautions were implemented both at the airport and by the airlines.
Enhanced flight operations will begin on June 1 from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.
The government decided to increase domestic flight operations
Following the government’s plan to repatriate stranded Pakistanis, PIA and Saudi Arabian Airlines have planned 16 flights.
According to the schedule, this flight will land at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Peshawar airports from 1 to 10 June.
According to officials, nine PIA flights and seven Saudi Arabian Airlines flights have been included in the schedule.
Saudi Arabian Airlines’ first flight will bring passengers back to Bacha Khan Airport in Peshawar, while PIA flights will land at Multan airport on June 2 and June 3.
On June 3, two Saudi Arabian Airlines flights will land at Karachi airport, while another will arrive at Bacha Khan Airport.
On June 4, Saudi Arabian Airlines flights will bring passengers back to Islamabad airport. On June 5, flights from the same airline will bring passengers from Saudi Arabia to Karachi.
On June 6, PIA flights will reach Bacha Khan Peshawar Airport from Saudi Arabia. On June 7, Saudi Arabian Airlines flights will reach Karachi.
On June 8, three separate PIA flights will land at Lahore, Multan and Peshawar airports.
On June 9, Saudi Arabian Airlines flights will fly from Saudi Arabia to Lahore while the next PIA flight will reach Multan on the same day. On June 10, PIA flights from Saudi Arabia will land at Karachi airport and other flights will land at Multan airport.
Published in Dawn, June 1, 2020
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