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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has further reduced its fares to facilitate the travel of students and other passengers from Pakistan to China with immediate effect.

“From now on, the ex-Pakistan fare for students with taxes will be around Rs 248,000 while the ex-Pakistan fare for other passengers will be around RMB 10,000,” official sources said here on Saturday.

Last month, the national airline had offered a 10% to 15% discount and an additional 7% discount on the surcharge for students wishing to travel between Pakistan and China. Currently, PIA operates two weekly flights on Islamabad-Chengdu-Islamabad and Islamabad-Xian-Beijing-Islamabad routes.

Pakistani students who wish to study at Chinese educational institutions and other passengers planning to visit China can benefit from the new discount.

A large number of Pakistani students enrolled in Chinese universities have been unable to return to China following Covid-19 travel restrictions. They plan to return to China to take offline lessons because the Chinese authorities have allowed them to return.

On June 20, a special PIA plane flew the first group of Pakistani students from Islamabad to Xian. These students were stranded in their home countries due to travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.