Madina, November 10, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is planning to operate a direct weekly flight from Madinah to Lahore from the next Umrah season. This was stated by the District Sales Manager of PIA in Madinah, Shahid Hussain, while talking to the visiting Pakistani media team here on Saturday.
He said that a direct flight from Madinah to Peshawar is also planned subject to availability of aircraft.
Currently PIA is operating three flights in a week from Madinah to Pakistan; these are: Madinah-Karachi; Madinah-Karachi-Multan and Madinah-Islamabad.
Shahid informed that the Madinah office became online from last year and since then the revenue has increased considerably. It was about 16 million Riyals when the Madinah station was off line which enhanced to 20 million Riyals in 2011.
Shahid further pointed out that the revenue of PIA’s Madinah Station was 20. 43 million last year whereas the revenue till October this year has enhanced to 22 million while the target for the year has been set at 26 million Riyals. He said that from Madinah some seven airlines operate and besides PIA these include Saudi, Qatar, Emirates, Gulf Air and Turkish Airline etc.
Last year 11,992 passengers traveled to Pakistan by PIA from Madinah and this year this number so far has increased to 13,068.
Shahid further informed that around 43,000 Hajjis from Madinah would travel via bus to Jeddah from where they will take their flights to Pakistan. The Hajjis would be transported by Pakistan Hajj Mission in Saudi Arabia and we expect on time departures of Hujjaj by buses from Madinah to Jeddah Hajj Terminal.
PIA has, so far carried over 33,000 Hajjis to Pakistan on board 79 Hajj flights while over 5,700 hajjis have travelled through PIA regular scheduled flights to Pakistan. The airline’s Post Hajj Operation is continuing with on time departures from Jeddah to Pakistan.–
For more information, contact:
S. Sultan Hasan
General Manager, Public Affairs
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
Tel: +9221 9904 0000
Fax: +9221 3457 2225, 3457 0419