Airlines operating to Pakistan report big rush for Eid holidays
Airlines operating to Pakistan have reported a rush for the Eid Al Adha holidays and are operating additional flights.
According to airline sources, flights of almost all the airlines operating from the UAE to Pakistan are fully booked until February 23.
While airlines are putting on additional flights, they are also replacing smaller aircraft with bigger ones on the most heavily travelled routes.
"It's difficult now to get seats reserved even on additional flights," said Khawajah Tanveer, a leading travel agent in Dubai. Five days of official holidays have prompted people to celebrate Eid back home, he said.
He added that all the private Pakistani airlines had issued instructions to issue tickets for Eid flights on coupon uplift basis to avoid 'ghost bookings' and 'no shows' at the airport.
Airline officials have also advised passengers to reach the airport at least three hours before departure to avoid cancellation or delays.
Zahir Hayat, general manager of PIA in Dubai, said the airline would operate 26 additional flights from the UAE to various destinations in Pakistan because of the heavy rush. It will operate six additional flights from Al Ain, 10 from Dubai and 10 from Abu Dhabi to various cities in Pakistan, with Lahore and Peshawar being the most sought after destinations.
Emirates will operate two extra flights on its Dubai-Lahore and Dubai-Islamabad sector.
Rehan Iftikhar, deputy marketing manager of Aero Asia, said: "This year, we are witnessing more rush on the Dubai-Lahore and Dubai-Karachi sectors. All our flights are fully booked for the Eid holidays."
He added that one extra-section Dubai-Karachi flight will be operated on Friday, February 22.
Shaheen Air reported full reservations. Shafqat Ullah Khan, country manager, said the airline would operate direct flights from February 18 to 23 on all its destinations from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain instead of joining flights from Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi done on normal days.
Source: GULF NEWS