Limited number of PIA’s special flights irks stranded Pakistanis in UAE
The plight of expatriate Pakistanis stranded in the UAE has been worsening since the restrictions were imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
24NewsHD TV Channel reported that PIA's latest announcements and initiatives do not seem to be working even in this regard. Most of the Pakistanis remained stranded in the UAE as they have already lost their jobs.
“Even the comfort of booking tickets on the app and website is also a nuisance for a naive worker as thousands of miles away from their homes, Pakistanis who have been unemployed for more than two months and are waiting to return home and meet their loved ones,” 24NewsHD reported.
So far, more than 0.1m Pakistanis have registered at the Dubai Consulate and are waiting for the numbers and calls.
Millions of Pakistanis stranded in the UAE are waiting for their return but difficulties began to increase due to the low number of special flights.
Pakistani authorities have fixed the fare for Dubai from Islamabad to Islamabad, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Multan at 1110 dirhams and 2200 dirhams for business class.
1900 dirhams have been set aside for Karachi. While ticket price from Abu Dahbi/Al Ain to Islamabad Lahore Peshawar Faisalabad Multan Economy Class is 1110 dirhams and Business class 2200 dirhams. The ticket from the same destinations to Karachi is Economy class 1000 dirhams and Business class 1900 dirhams.
Ticket prices from Dubai / Northern UAE to Islamabad Lahore Peshawar Faisalabad Multan are Economy Class 1110 dirhams and Business class 2200 dirhams while for Karachi its Economy class 1000 dirhams and Business class 1900 dirhams.
It is pertinent to note that Pakistan government has already updated its schedule of special flights for a period of five days starting from 16 June to 20 June 2020.
In five days there will be over 26 flights from UAE, 13 flights from Saudi Arabia, three from Qatar and one from Oman, and there will be flights to Toronto, London and Paris also.