PIA introduces new package for Umrah pilgrims

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has introduced a special package to facilitate pilgrims travelling from China to Saudi Arabia for Umrah.

As part of this new package, pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia from Beijing and Chengdu via PIA will be provided connecting flights from Islamabad to Saudi Arabia and back.

 

However, Pakistani passengers have an additional perk: they can enjoy a stopover of over one week in Pakistan on their way back to China, a senior official said on Monday.

The national flag carrier is currently operating weekly passenger flights on two routes. It takes the Islamabad-Beijing-Islamabad route on Sunday and the Islamabad-Chengdu-Islamabad route on Wednesday.

The PIA has also reduced fares for passengers travelling from Beijing to Islamabad during the Chinese New Year and the winter holidays in China.

The new fare from Beijing to Islamabad is now RMB 4,681. This fare is inclusive of all taxes, which will greatly facilitate passengers who wish to travel to Pakistan to meet their families during holidays.

The national flag carrier has also introduced cuts in the existing fare of the round trip to Islamabad from Beijing. The fare for this roundtrip is RMB 12,050, inclusive of all taxes.

China has already announced scrapping quarantine requirements for international arrivals starting from January 8. Passengers travelling to China only need to take Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) within 48 hours before boarding their flights to China.

The previously mandatory nucleic acid screening and centralised isolation upon arrival to China have been cancelled, according to China’s National Health Commission (NHC).

Talking to APP, some Pakistani nationals expressed happiness over the introduction of the new Umrah package for Pakistanis and other Muslims of other nationalities living across China. They were delighted to be able to fulfil their religious obligation and meet their relatives on their way back to China.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Monday launched a special package for Pakistani and other Muslim pilgrims traveling from China to offer Umrah in Saudi Arabia.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, the package will provide connecting flights from Islamabad to Saudi Arabia and back for pilgrims flying on PIA from Beijing and Chengdu.

Pakistani travellers, on the other hand, might spend more than a week in Pakistan before returning to China.

PIA currently operates weekly passenger flights on Sunday between Islamabad and Beijing, and on Wednesday between Islamabad and Chengdu.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has introduced a special package to facilitate Pakistani and other Muslim pilgrims who plan to travel from China to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

Under the package, the pilgrims travelling on PIA from Beijing and Chengdu would be provided connecting flights from Islamabad to Saudi Arabia and back.

However, Pakistani passengers could enjoy a stopover of over one week in Pakistan while returning to China, a senior official told APP here on Monday.

The national flag carrier is currently operating weekly passenger flights on Islamabad-Beijing-Islamabad and Islamabad-Chengdu-Islamabad routes on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.

In wake of the Chinese New Year and winter holidays in China, PIA has already reduced fares for passengers travelling on the Beijing-Islamabad route.

The new fare from Beijing to Islamabad is now RMB 4,681 including all taxes which will greatly facilitate those passengers wishing to travel to Pakistan to meet their families during holidays.

The national flag carrier has also introduced a cut in the existing fare of the Beijing-Islamabad-Beijing round trip and the new price is now RMB 12,050 including all taxes.

China has already announced to scrap the quarantine requirement for international arrivals starting from January 8. Passengers travelling to China need to take the nucleic acid test within 48 hours before boarding their flights to China.

The nucleic acid screening and centralized isolation after arrival will be cancelled, according to China’s National Health Commission.

Talking to APP, some Pakistani nationals expressed happiness over the introduction of the Umrah package for Pakistani and other Muslims living across China and said they would be able to fulfil their religious obligation as well as meet their relatives on way back to China after performing Umrah.

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