ISLAMABAD – Starting next week, flagged Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plans to add seven more flights to Saudi Arabia, which will total 42 flights per week, officials said.
PIA recently added two weekly flights from the southern city of Quetta to Jeddah, and added new flights from Multan. The last route added to Saudi Arabia was a weekly flight from Sialkot city to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam in January of this year.
PIA currently operates four destinations a week from Pakistan to Jeddah, Dammam, Madinah and Riyadh.
The increasing frequency of flights to Saudi Arabia is ahead of the Umrah season, when the PIA is about to capitalize.
Mashood Tajwar, PIA's general manager and official spokesman, told Arab News: “In the coming months, Umrah will definitely increase the amount of traffic.
Asked whether the PIA would maintain an additional route to Saudi Arabia, Tajwar added, "The Umrah season lasts for eight to nine months."
"Umrah alone has more than 1 million passengers, excluding regular visitors."
According to the Saudi Hajj Ministry, the largest number of Umrah pilgrims this year is Pakistan (1,353,625), followed by Indonesia (881,459).
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