The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) resumed its tw0-way flight operations to Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom lifted the temporary travel ban.
A spokesperson for the national airline said that bookings are now open for PIA’s KSA-bound flights. However, passengers will have to produce a negative PCR test before traveling.
Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) had imposed a ban on all international flights on December 20 in the wake of a second COVID outbreak in the country. The country had also suspended the entry through land and seaports.
However, the two-week-long flight ban was lifted on Sunday, as PIA resumed its flight operations to Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh, Abha, and Dammam.
Even during the ban, the authorities had allowed foreign airlines one-way flights to evacuate stranded foreigners in Saudi Arabia.
The national flag carrier also operated commercial flights to Saudi Arabia to bring back stranded Pakistanis. A PIA spokesperson said that the airline conducted the flight operation to repatriate Pakistanis despite a financial burden.