PIA, other airlines to operate 9 more UAE flights from May 11-21
More than 3,000 stranded citizens will be flown back home based on priority lists
As part of the fifth phase of repatriation, more than 3,000 stranded Pakistanis will be flown back to their country from the UAE during the next 10 days on special flights.
Pakistan has announced to operate at least nine more special flights from May 11 to 21 to bring back its citizens from the UAE. Out of nine, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will operate seven flights while UAE-based airlines are scheduled to operate two flights.
More than 7,000 people have already been repatriated on 21 flights since April 18.
Six flights on Sunday
At least 2,800 passengers are scheduled to fly on six special flights being operated on Sunday, May 10. At least four flights including one each to Karachi and Islamabad, and two to Faisalabad are being operated by the PIA while the UAE-based airlines are scheduled to carry passengers to Multan and Peshawar on Sunday.
Pakistan has announced a total of 31 flights from May 11 to 21 to bring back its stranded citizens from around the world, reported Gulf News.
How to get tickets
Tickets for the PIA flights are booked following the recommendations of the Pakistani missions, which have prepared lists of stranded Pakistanis on priority basis. Those who are compelled to travel due to emergencies including pregnant women and patients and those who have lost jobs are given priority followed by job seekers who came on visit visas and those who are sent on unpaid leaves due to COVID-19 pandemic.
However, a spokesperson at the Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai, said that they are not coordinating the special flights being operated by the UAE-based airlines. “These flights are being directly handled by the UAE government,” he added.
7,000 repatriated from UAE
“Pakistan has repatriated maximum number of its citizens from the UAE since the special flights operation started on April 18. We have flown back more than 7,000 stranded people so far during the last 22 days,” said Pakistan Ambassador Ghulam Dastgir. He said special flights would continue to operate until the regular passenger flight operation resumes.
According to the new special flight scheduled from May 11 to 21. PIA will operate one flight to Karachi on May 11, two flights to Faisalabad on May 14, one flight to Peshawar on May 18 and one flight to Lahore and two to Faisalabad on May 21.
UAE-based airlines are scheduled to operate one flight to Multan on May 14 and one to Islamabad on May 21.
More than 69,000 stranded Pakistanis have registered with the Pakistani diplomatic missions in UAE for repatriation. This included around 63,000 people who had registered with the Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai. Pakistan Consul General Ahmed Amjad Ali earlier advised the stranded people to be patient and wait for their turn.