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PIA to help bring back stranded Pakistani passengers from Doha

Post by Salman Haider » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:06 pm

PIA to help bring back stranded Pakistani passengers from Doha
June 6, 2017

By Niha Dagia

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is in touch with authorities and might operate special flights to Doha to bring back Pakistani pilgrims stranded there.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on Tuesday, PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar said the airline is in touch with Pakistani embassy in Qatar to get a confirmed number of passengers currently stranded. He, however, refuted reports that a special carrier had been dispatched for the pilgrims already.

Pakistani pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah via Qatar are stranded in the Qatari capital after several Arab countries, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

“There are two options for PIA. Either take them from Doha to Jeddah, and for that we will be needing Saudi government permission. Or the second is to bring them back to Pakistan and take them to Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Stressing that the passengers were customers of Qatar Airways and not PIA, Tajwar said some of them may be redirected to different carriers by the former. A special plane will be sent by the national carrier if needed, the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has also approached Qatar Airways and is remaining in touch with the airline to help Pakistani passengers stranded in Doha.

Passengers are now being adjusted on different airlines with the help of Qatar Airways to proceed to their destinations, said Pervez George, the spokesperson for the CAA.

Qatar is home to global airline Qatar Airways and many airports in the Gulf region are major hubs for international connecting flights. Its main Hamad International Airport, for example, served about 9.8 million passengers from January to March, according to its website.

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Post by Salman Haider » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:11 am

550 trapped Pakistani pilgrims rescued from Doha airport
June 6, 2017

DOHA (Dunya News): About 400 Pakistanis were transferred from Doha airport to Muscat in rescue operations through special airplanes, according to the Pakistan Embassy in Doha.

It was earlier reported that about 500 Pakistani pilgrims had been stuck at Doha airport following the major Qatar diplomatic crisis according to which seven countries broke ties with the gulf country. Their flight was scheduled to reach Jeddah via Doha, but it has stopped at Doha after the Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, and the airline had to suspend all its flights to Saudi Arabia.

400 Pakistanis were transferred to Muscat airport through special planes of Qatar Airlines while the 150 persons were rescued through similar operations in the second shift.

These 550 Pakistani nationals will now be taken to Saudi Arabia through Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircrafts where they will perform Umrah. Both the embassies in Qatar and Oman made valiant effort to rescue the pilgrims, and to make sure they reach their destinations.

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Re: PIA to help bring back stranded Pakistani passengers from Doha

Post by Ahsan abbas » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:13 am

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