Of the total of 21, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will operate some 15 flights, while six flights will be managed by UAE-based airlines. More than 4,600 passengers will be able to travel on these special flights. This is also to announce five flights scheduled to take off from the UAE on April 28.
Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, advised expatriates to avoid unnecessary travel to their country.
“Even with increased capacity, I ask our Pakistanis abroad to avoid unnecessary travel and allow more deserving people the opportunity to travel back home with priority,” he tweeted.
He also informed people that special flights operated by UAE-based airlines are not open for ticket sales as they are open to a special group of passengers handled by the airlines involved. He said that stranded Pakistanis who have registered with their diplomatic missions can only travel on PIA flights.
The Pakistani Consulate General in Dubai has also announced that fares to different cities to Pakistan on special flights have also been reduced due to passenger complaints.
One-way fares in PIA from Dubai / Abu Dhabi to Karachi vary between Dh850 (class K), Dh1550 (class Y) and Dh1900 (class P)
Fares from Dubai / Abu Dhabi to Multan start from Dh960 (class K) Dh1660 (class Y) to Dh2200 (class P)
In a statement on Sunday, the Pakistani Consulate General in Dubai also made clear that no travel agent has been authorized to sell PIA tickets for special flights from the UAE.
The statement further states: “Tickets can only be purchased at designated locations once you receive a call from the Consulate based on the merit list retrieved from the online registration made at the Consulate by the stranded Pakistanis.
Please do not visit the Consulate to obtain tickets. If anyone is charged more than the prices of PIA’s special fares for special flights, file a complaint with the Pakistani Consulate General, Dubai. “
Pakistani Consul General Ahmed Amjad Ali thanked the UAE government for its continued support and cooperation in running a smooth repatriation operation. Specify the role of the Dubai Police to assist the Consulate. He also underlined the generosity of the UAE government to host the Pakistani workforce.