ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is illegally demanding higher amounts for tickets from the Pakistanis, who arrived in the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to details, the Pakistanis from Saudi Arabia had arrived in the country amid pandemic and their visas will expire on September 30, 2020. In this regard, a huge number of travelers were present outside the PIA Islamabad office.
However, the national carrier is not issuing tickets to the affected people and allegedly demanding $100 extra for the tickets. One of the victims informed that according to the PIA website, $100 will be received from the passengers, who have a return ticket, but they are receiving an extra $100.
The passengers further informed that the agent mafia outside the PIA office receiving Rs130,000 from them for a one-way ticket, which actual cost is Rs70,000.
“We will lose our jobs, and due to the recent ongoing pandemic, we don’t have enough money to buy expensive PIA tickets, PIA staff is telling us to pay $200 more to get a ticket,” they added.
The passengers have appealed to the government and the Foreign Minister to negotiate with the Saudi authorities to extend our visa and open flights so that they can continue their jobs.