Islamabad, Riyadh mull cooperation in aviation, more PIA flights to kingdom
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Officials from Islamabad and Riyadh held talks on Sunday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries’ aviation sectors and “expansion” of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) operations to the Kingdom.
The meeting between Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz and Abdulhadi Al Mansouri, President of the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) was held on Sunday, a statement released by the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh said.
“The two sides exchanged views on further expansion of PIA flight operations in the Kingdom,” it added.
Ambassador Ejaz thanked Al Mansouri for allowing select PIA flights to operate to the Kingdom, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which facilitated “Pakistani expatriates intending to travel to Pakistan” during the outbreak.
Last week, PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez Khan said that from Oct. 28, Pakistan had increased its flight frequency to Saudi Arabia from 23 to 40 flights per week, due to a spike in demand as “more and more Pakistani nationals wanted to travel to the Kingdom,” especially for employment opportunities.