PIA Resumes Flight Operations to Saudi Arabia

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.


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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.


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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.