In a Bold Move, PIA Offers Reduced Two-Way Umrah Fares, Easing Pilgrims’ Burden

Amid an ongoing financial crisis, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has made a noteworthy announcement that will benefit Umrah pilgrims. The national flag carrier has reduced the prices of two-way Umrah tickets from various Pakistani cities to Jeddah. Travelers departing from Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Peshawar, Multan, and Faisalabad can now avail themselves of these tickets for Rs. 87,000, including taxes. Additionally, the Karachi and Quetta to Jeddah two-way ticket price has been set at Rs. 79,000. These reduced fares are effective immediately.

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Despite these generous discounts, PIA has recently faced substantial financial challenges, with losses exceeding Rs. 6 billion. The airline was also compelled to cancel numerous flights due to fuel supply issues, which reportedly resulted in refunding approximately Rs. 50 million to affected passengers. To address these challenges, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) received Rs. 500 million from PIA, and the airline will now operate its flights based on fuel availability.

Nonetheless, PIA remains committed to supporting Umrah pilgrims during these difficult times. A PIA spokesperson emphasized the airline’s dedication to facilitating their travel. PIA intends to restore its flight operations to normalcy by the following week, offering a ray of hope for both the airline and the pilgrims it serves.

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