In June, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had banned the national flag carrier from flying to European locations over safety concerns. The EASA took the initiative days after PIA grounded several pilots over "dubious qualifications licenses" and in view of the PIA Airbus crash incident on May 22.
The development comes after Pakistan announced it will accept applications for Umrah from the nationals from November 1 under the new regulations, in wake of the Saudi government's announcement to start Umrah pilgrimage for international pilgrims.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan National Airlines (PIA), Arshad Malik, told the cabinet in a briefing that the air operation was closed due to coronavirus pandemic due to which the Umrah and Hajj seasons could not take place.
With an increase in the number of flights PIA will be able to transport 25,500 passengers from Pakistan before the 30th of this month which is the deadline for many ensuring their presence in the kingdom.
Just days ago, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the lifting of travel restrictions from January 1, while those in certain categories will be allowed to travel from September 15, as the coronavirus pandemic weaken.