Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) get a strict warning from Saudi Arabia over unpaid dues.
Riyadh Airport Authority (RAA) has warned PIA to clear the due or be ready for the disruption of flights due to the airline’s failure to clear its outstanding amount of SAR 8.2 million.
The RAA gave the deadline of July 15 for PIA to settle the debt, highlighting the potential consequences of disrupted flights if payment is not made in time.
The RAA’s cautionary message adds to the mounting financial challenges encountered by PIA, which has already been warned by Jeddah Airport for similar non-payment issues. The situation is compounded by the fact that PIA is currently involved in the Hajj operation, transporting pilgrims back from the holy land.
While a spokesperson for PIA acknowledged the RAA’s reminder and assured that payment arrangements are underway, the airline must act swiftly to resolve the matter and avoid further disruptions to its flight schedule. PIA’s flights during the upcoming Umrah season, where numerous Pakistani pilgrims rely on the airline’s services, could be at risk if the payment is not made to Saudi authorities.
PIA’s financial struggles have persisted over the years, despite the Pakistani government injecting substantial funds into the airline to facilitate its revival. This latest warning from the RAA underscores the pressing need for PIA to improve its financial performance and meet its obligations promptly.
Otherwise, the airline’s operations and the travel plans of thousands of passengers, especially those undertaking Umrah journeys, could face significant disruptions.
As the deadline approaches, PIA must prioritize resolving the outstanding dues to avoid potential flight disruptions and work towards long-term financial stability. The crisis emerges at a time when the Hajj pilgrims are returning to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia in the second phase of the Hajj operations.
Disruptions of PIA flight operations to Saudi Arabia will leave thousands of Pakistani pilgrims in the Kingdom.