Due to unusually heavy traffic and flight delays at Jeddah Airport, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) received approval from Saudi Arabian authorities to operate four additional flights to the city on Friday.
Over 400 individuals would be returned to Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad thanks to the special planes. The airline will employ Airbus 320 planes for the special trips, according to a PIA spokesperson, and the pilgrims will return to Pakistan “quite soon.”
According to Aaj News, Jeddah Airport has been choked due to an inflow of Umrah passengers from all over the world, after the kingdom’s removal of travel restrictions and COVID standard operating procedures. Flight delays, missing baggage, and overloaded terminal amenities have all been reported by passengers.
Flight delays were experienced in all nine terminals at Jeddah Airport as a result of this. PIA then requested authorization to fly four extra flights from the General Authority of Civil Aviation.
Pakistanis stranded at airports were taken to hotels, while pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia were transferred to Madinah by coasters.