Flydubai Starts Selling Tickets for Regular Flights to Pakistan

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai has started selling tickets for regular passenger flights to Pakistan, along with other international destinations, with effect from May 21, the Gulf News has reported.

The sale of tickets for regular passenger flights from May 21 to Pakistan, India and other flydubai destinations around the world are now open.

Flydubai is the second UAE-based airline after Air Arabia that has opened ticket sales for regular flights. Air Arabia is selling tickets for regular flights with effect from June 1.

However, UAE’s two major airlines, Emirates and Etihad, are yet to resume ticket sales for regular flights.

A flydubai agent also confirmed that sale of tickets for regular flights, starting May 21, has already opened. He, however, clarified that flight departure was conditional to circumstances.

“Flights will take off only if the authorities at the relevant countries allow them to operate,” he explained. A statement from flydubai is still awaited.

About refunds against bookings in case the flights do not take off, the agent said: “Customers will have two options. They can either rebook or take vouchers as refund. There will be no cash refund.”

Taking advantage of the situation, many travel agents in the UAE have started selling tickets for both flydubai and Air Arabia flights. However, they are still not sure whether these flights will actually take off.

Regular passenger flights are in high demand as hundreds of thousands of passengers mainly from India and Pakistan are stranded in the UAE due to flight restrictions over the global coronavirus pandemic and are eager to be back home. Likewise, thousands of UAE residents are stranded outside since flights were suspended last month.

Pakistan has already repatriated more than 6,000 out of the 63,000 stranded Pakistanis who had registered themselves for repatriation from the UAE on special flights. India is starting special repatriation flights today from Abu Dhabi and Dubai to fly home the first batch of stranded citizens. Almost 200,000 stranded Indians have registered with their diplomatic missions for repatriation.

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