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Dubai: Pakistani expatriates are confused after the Dubai-based low cost airline flydubai opened flights for sale to Pakistan while their diplomatic missions in the UAE warned them against purchasing tickets.
The Pakistan Embassy and the consulate issued public noticess on Tuesday warning Pakistanis passengers to be careful while purchasing tickets as no international airlines has so far got permission from the Pakistan government.
Passengers who want to travel to Pakistan can book flights on flydubai website. The airline has also warned passengers that the flights will be operated subject to the government approval. The airline is also not offering reservation from Pakistan to UAE.
Flydubai has started offering flights to different destinations to Pakistan with effect from April 15. However, it says on its website that only Pakistani citizens will be allowed to travel on these flights. The airlines’s decision to open flights came based on the Pakistan government’s decision to keep international flights suspended until April 14. However, the Paksitan government has not announced yet whether flights will be opened on April 15.
When contacted, flydubai spokesperson issued a short statement on the issue. “A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) sets out the flight restrictions that are in place between the UAE and Pakistan in response to COVID-19. flydubai has opened flights for sale to Pakistan to allow repatriations for their nationals from 15 April and will operate subject to Government approval.”
It is pertinent to mention here that no other airlines including Pakistan’s national carrier Pakistan International Airline, Emirates or Airblue have so far opened flights for sale due to suspension of flight operation between Pakistan and the UAE.
Travel agents continue bookings
A travel agent told Al Khaleej Today that a large number of Pakistani passengers have already booked flights on flydubai and the one-way fare ranges from Dh1400 to more than Dh2000. He said that flydubai operates flights to Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot and Quetta from Dubai.
According to the Pakistani diplomatic missions, more than 25,000 Pakistanis mostly those who came on visit/tourist visas but stranded here after the flight restrictions, have registered with them demanding to go back home at the earliest. Pakistani Embassh spokesperson told Al Khaleej Today that they are in talks with their government to resolve the issue at the earliest.
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