PIA, loss, suspension, Umrah flights, Coronavirus

PIA suffers Rs 2 billion loss after suspension of Umrah flights

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suffered loss of Rs 2 billion following suspension of flights to Saudi Arabia after temporary ban on Umrah due to coronavirus.

The PIA officials told a news channel on March 10 that the schedule of the airlines has been badly disturbed as tickets of 50,000 passengers have been cancelled so far.

The authorities told that 34 flights to Medina and 13 to Mecca are scheduled weekly for business visa and iqama holders despite fewer passengers.

Furthermore, the financial loss is expected to surge due to suspension of flight operation for Qatar and Iran.

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