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No Umrah and Hajj: PIA losses are in billions, spokesman said

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PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan has said that PIA has lost about Rs 30-32 billion due to the non-operation of flights for Umrah and Hajj season. He clarified that this is an overall estimate of the Umrah season.

Speaking on the program New Day on Wednesday, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan said that PIA fares keep changing, it is a matter of supply and demand.

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He said that at present the situation in the country is bad, people are not traveling by air, fares have been reduced so that people can travel on PIA easily. He also said that one of the reasons for reducing the fares was to give people some comfort in this difficult time by providing travel facilities.

Abdullah Hafeez Khan said that SOPs against coronavirus are getting better with each passing day, first one seat was left, then it became necessary to use a mask, the crew started wearing protective clothing and complete disinfection in the plane.

The PIA spokesperson also said that a large part of the revenue of the national airline comes from Hajj and Umrah. The Umrah season has almost passed. He further said that PIA earns about 11 to 12 billion rupees from Hajj. If the Umrah season is included, then PIA earns a total of 20 billion rupees.

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The spokesman said that the non-operation of flights for the Umrah and Hajj seasons had cost PIA about Rs 30-32 billion. He clarified that this is an overall estimate of the Umrah season.

It may be mentioned that the fares of domestic flights have been reduced by Rs 4,500 from Tuesday. The PIA spokesperson said that the one-way fares of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other cities had been reduced to Rs 12,000. PIA has reduced fares for the convenience of passengers, which has also been implemented.

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