Pakistan News Service

Sunday Feb 17, 2019, Jumada-al-thani 11, 1440 Hijri
Pakistan News Home -> Tribune Corner -> News Details

PIA to bring back pilgrims from Jeddah

04 February, 2016

  Related News  
Use of force brings nothing but destruction, distress and suffering: Raheel Sharif
PIA flying, despite call for strike
  More on this View All

RAWALPINDI: The PIA management has arranged four Boeing 747 jumbo planes to bring back hundreds of Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Jeddah because of cancellation of PIA flights following the strike by its employees.

A spokesman for the PIA said in a statement on Wednesday night that an agreement in this regard had been finalised with Saudi Airlines. The jumbos will fly on Friday and bring 2,000 pilgrims to Karachi and Islamabad.

He said that on their way back to Saudi Arabia the planes would carry the same number of people to Jeddah for Umrah.

The passengers with confirmed PIA tickets were being provided hotel accommodation by the airline in Jeddah as well as in various cities of Pakistan, he added.

As a backup plan, the spokesman said, PIA was also in final stages of negotiations with Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines to facilitate passengers going to and coming from Europe, America and Canada.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has advised the travellers to buy tickets from the offices concerned of airlines to avoid extra payment and rely on the fare mentioned on their websites.

A spokesman for the CAA said that although it was a responsibility of the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the authority had been keeping a check on maintaining normal fare.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites