Pakistanis throng PIA offices as KSA’s travel ban stirs panic

Sandra Loyd

–PIA representative states airline company attempting to accommodate as lots of people as it can

LAHORE: Pakistanis hurried to the offices of Pakistan International Airline Companies (PIA) on Friday, a day after Saudi Arabia revealed that iqama holders (citizens) from 12 countries, consisting of Pakistan, had 72 hours to go back to the kingdom.

In a quote to avoid coronavirus from dispersing, Saudi Arabia had actually revealed on Thursday that they were taking some steps, consisting of short-term suspending travel to Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, some countries in the European Union (EU) and a couple of African countries.

“The decision gives a 72-hour period for citizens and those with a valid residency of the citizens of those countries to return to the kingdom before the travel suspension decision becomes effective,” the official Saudi Press Company stated on its website.

Following the statement, both iqama holders and visa holders hurried to the offices of the national flag provider in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot and other locations of the nation. They grumbled that the airline company was just providing tickets for 2 dates– March 16 and March 18– and was charging double the rate for these tickets.

Speaking With Pakistan Today, Zeeshan Anwar, a citizen of Bahria Town, Lahore, stated, “I had to travel to Dammam by PIA on March 16, but was told today that the flight had been cancelled in the aftermath of the recent notification issued by the Saudi government.”

Anwar, who just recently got a task in a Saudi business and got his visa on March 12, stated that he had actually gotten in touch with PIA questions office for verification of his ticket, however was informed that 8 guests taking a trip on a fresh work visa to the kingdom were asked to return boarding passes by the national flag provider.

Individuals likewise opposed outside the regional PIA office in Sialkot and required that the federal government ought to pay attention to the circumstance. They ended their demonstration after the airline company ensured them that they would get their tickets.

When gotten in touch with, PIA Representative Abdullah Khan stated that the airline company was attempting to accommodate as lots of people as it could. “We took immediate action after the Saudi government made the announcement,” he added.

“We added three flights to Saudi Arabia last night and increased the number to six today,” he stated, including that the national flag provider has actually likewise set up extra seating capability to accommodate more guests.

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