According to local news channel, which cited sources, fuel supplies to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft have been halted at two major Saudi airports.
2 Major Saudi Airports Halted Fuel Supply of Pakistan
Due to unpaid debt, the PIA planes’ fuel supply has cut off at Madinah and Makkah, two of Saudi Arabia’s largest airports, according to sources.
The sources further stated that the stoppage in fuel supplies at the airports in Makkah and Madinah caused the PIA flights to delay for three to four hours.
A PIA representative verified the information.
The representative clarified in a statement that prompt payments made to the relevant oil companies.
Reason of Suspension
It further stated that a delay in the money transfer to the oil companies’ accounts was the reason for the temporary suspension of the fuel supply.
The fuel supply would soon be resumed following the conclusion of the transactions, the spokesperson promised.
The national flag carrier had already incurred significant losses financially from a days-long local fuel supply stoppage in October following Pakistan State Oil’s (PSO) denial of fuel supply due to unpaid bills.
Reported Loss To National Flag Carrier in October 2023
Pakistan International Airlines reported a “loss” of Rs. 10 billion in October as a result of the ongoing fuel crisis, which forced the cancellation of more than 800 flights.
The massive loss to the already losing government organization was caused by the current management of the national flag carrier, according to Safdar Anjum, Secretary General of Pakistan International Airlines Senior Staff Association.
Because of the fuel crisis, which resulted in a loss of Rs. 10 billion, he demanded the resignation of the current chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), and director of engineering at PIA.
In November, flight operations resumed as usual after an agreement between Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
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