PIA announces fares, rules as Umrah flights restart

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Tuesday restarted its Umrah flights from different parts of the country to Jeddah and Medina.

According to PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan, this special service will continue till 31st of next month. He said as per the arrangement, return airfare inclusive of all relevant taxes for economy class from Karachi will be Rs91,000 while that from other cities will be Rs96,000.

The maximum limit for baggage will be 36kgs for each passenger travelling from Pakistan to Jeddah or Madinah.

Passengers of the executive economy class will be allowed to carry 40kg baggage, whereas pilgrims will be permitted to carry five litres of Zamzam excluding the baggage limit. A 10kg baggage allowance is granted in case of an infant.

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The national carrier has also commenced bookings for groups of Umrah pilgrims to which minimum size shall comprise 10 passengers. The validity of the air tickets will be a month from the date of departure.

Under the rules, PIA will facilitate passengers in terms of Change of Booking (COB) without receiving any charges for one count if it is requested seven days before the date of departure.

Sending waves of merriment across the Islamic world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had last Thursday allowed international airlines to fly in pilgrims with valid visas which it had earlier suspended due to the spread of coronavirus.

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