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Agents looting PIA passengers going to Saudi Arabia without any fear: report

The Pakistanis who are aspiring to go to Saudi Arabia are swindled by the agent mafia as they are paying up to Rs200,000 for a one-way air ticket due to the availability of limited international flights.

According to a report, the Saudi government earlier on Thursday had granted special permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate 21 additional flights – on weekly basis – between the two countries.

According to a spokesperson of the national flag carrier, with the involvement of Prime Minister Imran Khan, 21 more flights were added to the PIA flight operations, bringing the capacity to fly 25,500 passengers.

He also informed that all nationals would be able to return to their homes and workplaces in Saudi Arabia before September 30.

However, the situation has worsened for the passengers as the rate of air tickets for Saudi Arabia being sold by the travel agents ranges from Rs130, 000 to Rs200, 000.

A travel agent who requested anonymity admitted to The News that there are people who have earned extra profit worth Rs3 million by selling only 25 air tickets of different categories in a single day.

“Hundreds of passengers approach us daily for air tickets but we cannot accommodate all of them due to limited availability of air tickets,” he said.

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